Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
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English: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Synonyms: PanSto, PSG
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2010 to Dec 25, 2010
Producers:Kadokawa Shoten, Half H.P Studio, AT-X, Kadokawa Pictures Japan, KlockWorx, flying DOG, Kadokawa Contents Gate
Genres:ActionAction, ComedyComedy, SupernaturalSupernatural, EcchiEcchi
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
1 indicates a weighted score.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Official Site, AnimeDB, AnimeNewsNetwork, Wikipedia
The "Anarchy Sisters," Panty and Stocking, have been kicked out of Heaven for, to put it mildly, misbehaving. Led by a priest named Garterbelt, these angels must buy their way back by exterminating ghosts in Daten City. But this task requires unconventional weapons for these unorthodox angels—they transform their lingerie into weapons to dispatch the spirits. Unfortunately, neither of them take their duties seriously, as they rather spend their time in pursuit of other "hobbies": Panty prefers to sleep with anything that walks, and Stocking favors stuffing her face with sweets than hunting ghosts.
Characters & Voice Actors
I'm not going to mince words here, gentlemen. This right here is what is commonly referred to as an "orgasm of excellence". This series is so good it'll probably kill you by the time it's done. As in, this thing Gainax has made here can roughly fall under the definition of autoerotic asphyxiation. But that's just a summary of the show's quality as a whole, let's break this shit down:
To put it plainly, the entire point of this show is to take the illusions otaku have surrounded themselves with for the last 10 years and annihilate them through a wanton, infinite assault of sex and Western style. This show is not Sora ga Otoshimaru Hime Desu Beats! or whatever the hell it is you people watch nowadays. This is about a gun-toting whore and her diabetic goth friend slashing and shooting giant monsters literally comprised of shit, armies of dead sperm soldiers and their especially polite and well-mannered rivals, and when they're not doing something like that they're getting into some other shenanigans which may or may not involve parodying Transformers. Oh yeah, they're Angels or something under the command of Black Dynamite and have Gir as their sidekick and have to collect coins by killing monsters to get back into Heaven. But honestly, who cares? There are panties in this show that turn into guns and it's funny as fuck.
Behind all this exquisite and sophisticated comedy is probably one of the most feminist morals ever, another thing that separates P&S from your average animu. Through the entire series, the female main characters do what they want, when they want, how they want while the male lead is useless, flaky and gets captured a lot. This motif boils down to "It's okay to be a bitch. Live free and if you screw up have a man clean up after you." As you can see, this show's driving message has all the modesty of its main duo. It's fantastic.
Also, that token Gainax ending. It's there and as wonderful as ever.
It's entirely episodic like a US cartoon, but with an overarching point. There are actually 26 episodes, but they're all 12 minutes long. Each episode is two episodes. That's right, this show has a 2x Quality Multiplier.
This show oozes with style that has pretty much never been tried before in the Eastern world. Think Dead Leaves (if you haven't seen this, take 40 minutes away from that time vampire Korean MMO I'm sure you have minimized in the corner and watch it. Dubbed only. It'll be the best thing you'll see all month) meets Power Puff Girls. The art and animation quality are as incredible as they are unique, using a potent blend of patented hand-drawn Imaishi scribbles, CGI and actual, real-life explosions at the end of each battle. The comic-styled on-screen sound effects from Dead Leaves also make a return here in full force, and they make the whole thing such a cool and unique experience. Another, minor thing I like is that the girls change clothes every episode, a subtle but welcomed touch that more cartoons should employ.
Oh yeah, it should be noted that this isn't an "ecchi comedy" (Those aren't funny or even passable as entertainment. If you came here looking for one of those and are now reading this review with a twisted expression of shock on your face, it should be noted that I personally and sincerely hate you and several things that look like you). Yes, there are more sex jokes than I've ever seen in a 12 minute cartoon segment, but the girls themselves are not fappable. That's the point. If something along the lines of "UNFAPPABLE ANIME GIRLS?! WHAT IS THIS" just escaped the blubber of your face, this isn't the show for you. In fact, most shows and animation in general isn't for you. As said in the previous section, this show was designed to be the antithesis of every ecchi moe series that has ruined anime in the last decade.
The punchline is that there are often scenes where Panty and Stocking become similar to standard, over-proportioned anime women to cocktease otaku, and there are people here who're actually going "i don't get it, why wasnt the whole show like that?". Jesus christ
This won't be hard. We have /eight/ main characters in the show.
PANTY: She loves sex and violence. Her panties turn into a gun named Backlace. In episode 1, she banged four or five guys. I love Panty.
STOCKING: She loves sweets and goth frills, not to mention looking down on her sister's bad habits. "Serves you right! I hope you shit out all your organs! Hahaha!" Also her stockings turn into katanas and she has a bondage fetish. I love Stocking.
GARTERBELT: A large, angry, black afropriest who tries his hardest to make the derelict angels do their jobs. Dude is awesome and intense. Also, a pedophile.
CHUCK: literally Gir
BRIEF: The nerd who follows Panty around, the anime everyfan that the show makes fun of.
SCANTY & KNEESOCKS w/ FASTENER: Creating a beautiful parallel to our lustful and gluttonous heavenly duo(along with terabytes of more fan art), these two demonic siblings are just grand and add a much-needed team of villains for P&S to unknowingly beat each episode.
OH LORD THAT SOUNDTRACK:
Upon beginning this show, I got five seconds in. I hit stop. I hit play.
Yes, my brain said, the theme song is, in fact, electrorock "PANTY STOCKING, PANTY PANTY STOCKING YEOW!!"
As expected from a Gainax original series, this soundtrack is godlike and like Gurren Lagann's, it's extremely varied. The ED alone makes the whole thing worth getting.
The OST is out now btw. It's missing a few good tracks so gainax can release another one later for more $$$ or something though. Still, it's just swell.
Gainax is trollan' weaboos hardcore while simultaneously resurrecting the entire medium with Imaishi's bare, tired hands. If you like style, great music and actual humor then you'll probably like this a lot. Oh yeah, and it's easily a contender for Anime of the Year, right next to Rainbow, DRRR and Sym-Bionic Titan.
Truly a work of art, the only setback is that it isn't dubbed, and due to crunchyroll's indescribable faggotry, it won't be for a while. I have a strong feeling, that with a patented Funi gag dub(WHICH IS COMING IN 2012 OH MY GOD), this show's quality will burst into dimensions the human mind can't even acknowledge.
(editor's note 2013: the dub is great)
"So what's the point?"
The main argument as to why Panty & Stocking is a masterpiece are all embellished ways of saying "funny," "it's a parody," and "cool art." Some people go as far as to say that Panty & Stocking is actually genius scripting - a juxtaposition between today's current moe anime standard and hardcore "American pop culture." I've even come across the explanation that Panty & Stocking is "a new level of anime," one that doesn't require intricate or meaningful plot, characters, or story - essentially an anime that thrives on emotion and it's acute sense of humor.
That my friends, is complete bullshit.
Panty & Stocking is an anime that relies on swears, penis jokes, and violence as its selling point. Now many anime have capitalized on at least one of these points before and have succeeded (Detroit Metal City, Seitokai Yakuindono, and Baccano! in respective order). So Panty & Stocking tried to do all three simultaneously. I found this not only moronic, but offensive. Never before have I actually been ashamed of watching anime. I am a male, and I have even strapped myself to a chair and watched such titles as Boku no Pico, Bible Black, the Ghost Stories dub, and a high amount of other borderline disturbing anime and media with radical content and ideas and not ever have I felt what I felt when watching Panty & Stocking.
I felt stupid.
What do I mean by that? I mean that Panty & Stocking insulted my intelligence and grouped me in the level of humor that one would find in such riveting pieces of American glory like "Family Guy" and "Superjail." I personally watch anime because I view it as a medium that has great qualities that other media culture could learn from. I openly started Panty & Stocking with hopes that it would verily mock the troupes one could find in American media in a way that had not been done before. What I received was a trashbin of repetitive storylines combined with zero-dimensional characters that did nothing but yell about phallus's and excrement. The attempt on grasping American culture (even today's pop culture, which is what I believe Panty & Stocking wanted to poke fun at) disgusted me. Not once did I find the use of references to famous American films appropriate. Not only did the references have nothing to do with the episodes at hand, I felt that Panty & Stocking tried to take such references and use them as a tool of manipulation trying to coax viewers into thinking that Panty & Stocking was legitimately a smart piece of composition. I can easily see where people would be misled, that is with the art looking similar to various cartoons in America, Panty & Stocking must be a parody! Not at all. In fact, Powerpuff Girls had a stronger plot to begin with, and to even group this anime together with that cartoon would be slander to Craig McCracken. The animation may be new to Japan, but it has been seen before in cartoons, and it's been seen better so all exclamations like "The art is weird so it's good!" and "Different art just isn't appreciated!" are false. Gainax, one of the most acclaimed and profitable animation studios in Japan, truly abused the art style to boot. Watching only a few episodes you can see where corners were cut (which is extremely noticeable in episodes 10, 11, and 12.) A recap in a thirteen episode anime, should never be necessary. How is it that anime such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Monster, and Glass Mask, spanning over fifty episodes each never used a single recap episode in its main series, yet Gainax has the balls to put one in a thirteen episode /comedy/ series? Truly outrageous.
The characters in Panty & Stocking might as well have been pieces of shit or drivels of snot. Oh I must have forgotten. They are pieces of shit and drivels of snot. Nearly every antagonist, save the demon sisters whom I will touch upon in a moment, makes the characters from Mars of Destruction look creative. They exist solely to be discarded, and even worse, to swallow precious moments of your time away. The demon sisters who are introduced halfway through the series actually shined a beam of light down onto this hellhole of a production, but only briefly. They were first brought into play standing for everything that Panty and Stocking opposed and after their episode had ended, I hoped for more episodes similar to theirs to occur. But what do I get? A conflict that builds between the antagonists and protagonists for one episode, and then the demon sisters regress into Team Rocket. Never again are the demon sisters relevant as antagonists and most of the proceeding episodes are focused on them releasing some sort of monster and then failing as they fly into the sky. Now the supporting characters might as well be called the crippling characters, because that is really all they do to the overall story. Garterbelt does nothing but hinder the story and abuse the stereotypical "all priests are gay child molesters." If this was meant to be a way to confront the issue in the Vatican, it failed, and if it was meant to be a funny comment on the church's political standpoint, then well, it failed again. Garterbelt assumes the role of mentor to Panty & Stocking but ultimately ends up being a total eyesore and teaches the protagonists nil. And then there's Chuck who is likened by many to Gir from the Invader Zim series. The main difference between the two is that Gir was actually funny. I really don't think I have to go into much detail on Chuck's character design because all he says is Chuck and is then squashed by a larger object. He plays absolutely no role at any point in the series, but there exists an episode in which he is the focus. After watching this episode I was very much tempted to sign up for lessons in Japanese so I could write angry letters to the writer in his native language begging him to quit his career in animation and move onto a medium that won't suffer from his obvious mental deficiency. Then is the character named Brief, who portrays the cliched disgusting otaku with no merits other than his apparently large penis. His atrocious character design is only overshadowed by Panty's single trait - how much of a gigantic unlovable disease infested whore she is. Both her and Stocking are obvious fodder for prepubescent virgin teenagers attracted to the sheer idea of sex. I would even go as far as saying that if this anime did not contain explicit transformation scenes in which characters remove their undergarments it would be nowhere near as acclaimed as it is. That is to say, the fanbase consists of perverts striving to find some deeper meaning in their anime which they try to defend by explaining that if you don't like it, then you must have a poor sense of humor or need to "loosen up." Compare Panty & Stocking to Mitsudomoe - both anime including large amounts of sexual content used as jokes - Mitsudomoe has characters that possess qualities beyond "she likes sweets" and "a huge bitch" though. Panty & Stocking can't actually even compete with Mitsudomoe on a scale larger than sex jokes, because the characters and story are so disabled that it merely strives to fill the void with even more moments of mediocrity. I don't find Panty & Stocking unfunny because it doesn't suit my humor, I find it unfunny because there is no humor to begin with.
Then there's the canon discontinuation. Anyone who tries to makes sense of the abominable ending or any one of the episodes all together deserves to have themselves locked into a sanitarium. Another reviewer describes the two eleven minute episodes per episode as a "times two multiplier" but I would I disagree and say that it's actually a divided by two denominator. The split episodes merely reflect the inconsistency and the lack of coherency that Panty & Stocking exclusively has. One moment the entire cast is zombified, the next everyone is on the beach being sexually violated by sea monsters. Not ever will the story amount to anything beyond not having one.
The sound in Panty & Stocking, I will cede, is very good. The ending song, performed by Lisa, is wonderful and regrettably has very little to do with the anime. In the ending sequence a scene that appears to be a vague backstory on both Panty & Stocking exists, and alas once more, Gainax turned their noses away from such a sweet smelling idea. Even cartoons for the youngest of children have stories explaining the origination of their characters. Dora the Explorer had more character development than Panty & Stocking. Beyond the ending are numerous in episode tracks, whilist very enjoyable, I felt that many of them were overplayed and often unfitting (I can recall about four episodes ending with the song that includes the lyrics "Clap your hands.") The opening is closest thing to piece of satirical work - the song is a shout-out to all cartoons which only repeat the characters name over and over again.
Now if you've actually read this far, I believe you've come to the conclusion that I hate Panty & Stocking. If you thought anything but that, then you're wrong, because I detest Panty & Stocking more than a Red Sox fan from Boston hates the Yankees. It is an insult to the medium of anime almost as much as is when someone says "You like anime? Then you must love anime porn," and I will end this review saying Panty & Stocking does nothing but encourage statements like that. It gives a foul name to anime, for it lacks the fineness that geniuses like Tezuka and Kon worked themselves to death to bring us. When it comes to Panty & Stocking, I am disturbed with anime being associated with it.
And for people who may find this review too serious and that I must not have "understood the point" of this show I would like to say that I did not miss the point. You just made up a point yourself, because this anime lacks one.
If you're going to watch this show, you should know a few things right off the bat:
It is a not a sophisticated series.
As an anime in general, its selling point is not a deep and compelling story with fleshed out characters, exploring various philosophical issues in order to deliver a good message.
As a comedy anime, its humor is not very classy. Its laughs are not derived from insider knowledge (well, most of them) or sublime writing.
So what exactly is the appeal of this anime, you ask?
In Gainax's own words, "vulgar and indecent jokes".
This is usually not a good selling point for anything, because honestly potty humor is very rarely an effective form of comedy. It is quite possible you will not find this series appealing even if you legitimately give it a try. That's fine.
However if you're anything like me, you'll find the result is surprisingly entertaining and one of Gainax's best (if strangest) shows.
The refuge in vulgarity works fantastically, and the numerous references to western animation/movies, slick animation, awesome music, zany characters, and blatant abuse of engrish makes for a very fun experience; if you've ever played Conker's Bad Fur Day, it's very similar. it's honestly one of the most entertaining anime I have seen in a long time. In typical Gainax fashion, the ending will involve you tearing your hair out.
This is a very love or hate series; either you will find it fun as hell or you'll hate it and find it a disgusting waste of animation cells. I'd at least give it a try, but you should know what to expect before you watch it.
Out of all shows that have been presented in Fall 2010, it seems there is no show like Panty and Stocking which has so decisively split viewer opinions into clear cut groups that either believe it's the best thing that's ever happened since sliced bread, or have banished it to the depths of utter disdain. The question I ask right now and will answer in this review is if one or even both sides are justified.
First thing that one should wonder is what this show was trying to accomplish. I'm not a fan of Gainax, and thus I am not extremely acquainted with their works. However it's pretty apparent that Gainax was trying to do something that would be different. What they have isn't a complicated or redeeming story. Far from it. The two main characters Panty and Stocking are impulsive and obsessed with sex and sweets respectively. That's all there is to the main characters, and that never changes throughout the show. The most development you ever see from the story or characters is in the priest Garterbelt, who is given a moderately interesting backstory in one episode complete with some decent use of dramatic and comedic elements. Outside of that, the show cannot be praised for its plot and characters alone. For the most part, the show progresses episodically more or less simply because there is a lack of a cohesive plot.
Given that the show is really not aiming to please its audience with traditional story elements, the main option remaining is clearly humor. Probably one of the biggest factors in creating split opinions among viewers (aside from the deliberately shallow plot) is the decision of the show to choose crude and vulgar humor as its primary form of entertainment. Now please do not take this the wrong way. Crude and vulgar humor alone doesn't ruin a show, but at the same time, there is in fact a right way to do it so that it actually is entertaining. The way I see it, P&S both fails and succeeds simultaneously in this department.
The way P&S fails at humor comes down to how at least half the time, the jokes have nothing to do with anything in the plot. The perfect example of this is Panty's Engrish profanity. You should be ashamed of yourself if you find it funny, because it really doesn't serve any purpose and has no relevance to anything that actually happens. A lot of extremely brief references to pop culture all around the world are made throughout the series, and they might as well not exist since again, virtually none of them have any relevance to anything that happens as Panty and Stocking are destroying things, indulging in worldly desires, playing volleyball, showing off as idols, etc.
On the good half of humor however, some of the show's mini plots do in fact turn out to be truly entertaining and original. Part of the originality comes through the amazing production alone. By itself, the concept of sperm soldiers on a mission to enter the womb might only raise brows at best (given that particular concept has definitely been done at least once by Family Guy as I recall, and only god knows what South Park hasn't covered), but it's the imagination of the developers that truly brings such a concept and a few others to life with vibrant colors, eye catching motions/effects, and sweated detail where it counts. P&S's art style is a bit unusual, comparable more to that of western animation as opposed to what is commonly used in anime. The almost bouncy object designs however work perfectly for this series, which tries its best to be unafraid of venturing into dangerous territory that no other group (besides Gainax presumably) would dare lay eyes upon. It's fair to say that the times that P&S does come up with something original, it is genuinely well presented.
Towards the latter half of the series, while P&S never truly abandons trying to come up with more and more of these good and bad mini-plots, an attempt to create an actual plot direction occurs, but this is extremely brief and intermittent. This isn't to say that there was any extra legitimate plot or character development. However post-introduction of the demon sisters, the quality of action scenes goes from decent to astounding during several interactions between the conflicting angels and demons. Again, the plot and characters really can't be praised for much, but it's at least apparent that Gainax is trying, and it shows in how detailed and well scripted some of the fights become.
All in all, I feel the biggest problem with P&S is consistency. What I believe Gainax was trying to accomplish was anything but a simple task. Being "different" especially in a day and age where there are uncountable records for every original concept that has ever existed is a tall order. Was Gainax trying to be funny? Were they in the end actually trying to make a new kind of story? Or were they just trolling everyone? It doesn't seem far off that they were probably going for a combination of all three, and that resulted in sacrifices in certain areas, or times where they simply just ran out of really good ideas.
All in all, P&S does have its moments, both good and bad, and generally it will be easy for most people to focus on either the good things or the bad things, but not both. To its credit though, it is different. Ultimately I would personally look towards American sitcoms, probably South Park in particular if you're looking for something actually funny. Otherwise it is up to you to decide where your tastes lie when considering this show.
Anime / Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Drop those britches Bitches!
REPENT, YOU MOTHERFUCKER!"
— Panty and Stocking
Evil creatures called Ghosts have begun attacking Daten City, a city located on the border of Heaven and Earth. In response, Heaven sends down two less-than-heavenly angels (who also happen to be sisters) to stop the Ghosts: Panty, an incredibly promiscuous blonde who can turn her panties into guns, and Stocking, a goth girl with an eternal craving for sweets who can turn her stockings into swords. Aided by their dog Chuck and guided by Father Garterbelt, a black priest with a titanic afro and a variety of sexual fetishes, the sisters fight ghosts in incredibly sexy, exciting, and just plain old weird ways.
In other words, you're watching a typical Studio Gainax anime.
With its strange Thick-Line Animation-style reminiscent of The Powerpuff Girls and other early 2000s Cartoon Network showsnote save for a handful of scenes rendered in a "regular" anime style and a raunchy sense of humor that wouldn't be out of place among any Adult Swim programming, 2010's Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is probably one of the weirdest, kookiest, most out there series Studio Gainax has ever produced. A number of fans consider it even weirder thanFLCL, which really says a lot, though others will say it sits on par with the batshit insane Dead Leaves. Each episode is done in the Two Shorts format, save for the final two, double-length episodes.
After its obligatory Gainax Ending, the series teased a second season, but director Hiroyuki Imaishi left Gainax in 2011 to form Studio Trigger. The series has remained in limbo ever since. On November 25, 2016, Gainax's Kansai branch teased something new for the series, confirming only that it won't be a pachinko, pachislot, or "social network" game.note Which turned out to be a new set of merchandise and a cafe event, but they also mentioned a "new material" which won't be those again. In January 2017, however, Imaishi and other ex-Gainax staff released a doujin titled Geek Boy Homecoming that serves as a sequel to both Panty & Stocking and another series. Whether or not this hints at something big has yet to be seen.
Funimation licensed the series for North America and released it both on DVD and Blu-ray. You can also watch it in its entirety on FUNimation's own website.
The series has received two different manga adaptations: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, which is written by Studio Gainax and illustrated by Tagro and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt in Manga Strip, which is written and illustrated by Imaishi.
Oh, and for the actual undergarments, head over to Stocking Filler.
Best Episode Crowner.
Compare The Powerpuff Girls, which has a similar episode structure and art style though this show is much more ruder and not for kids, South Park or Drawn Together, due to both shows being incredibly rude and vulgar that reference other forms of media (the latter being a direct influence), Sausage Party and Conker's Bad Fur Day, due to both having brightly colored animated worlds in a cartoonish universe while having Black Comedy, Kill la Kill which is made by the same people while both are parodies of the Magical Girl genre, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica which has a similar storyline only Played for Drama.
This anime features examples of:
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- 11th-Hour Superpower: Chuck gains one in "Bitch Girls: 2 Girls".
- Absurdly Long Limousine: Scanty and Kneesocks' demonic SUV-limo stretches for as long as the anime is absurd. Doesn't stop it from pushing up staircases and through windows.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The Mayor's daughters take over the school in "Les Diaboliques", and before that, Barby the Queen Bee Ghost had the whole school at her feet before Panty and Stocking came along. The weird thing is that despite all these girls only being incredibly popular, they seem to have actual power over the school's RRRUUUUUUUUUURRRUs.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Justified in that while Stocking's katana can slice through an entire demon-possessed semi-truck, Stocking still needs to manually sharpen her blades with machinery, as seen in "High School Nudical". Also, it's "Angel Powered".
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Contains a ghost factory.
- Accidental Hero: A running gag involves the girls accidentally rescuing bystanders from various plights.
- Acid-Trip Dimension: The series resembles this.
- Actor Allusion: Stocking'sNoblewoman's Laugh in "The Diet Syndrome" is exactly like Renge Houshakuji's in the dub.
- Aesop Amnesia: Brief points that out that Panty and Stocking have already had a "petty fighting gets you nowhere" plot, but that doesn't stop them from going into another all-out war on each other.
- All Just a Dream: Subverted in "Trans-homers". At one point, Brief wakes up after a nap and thinks that the events of the episode were just a crazy nightmare. He is then reminded that it wasn't.
- All There in the Manual: The names of Scanty and Kneesocks' weapons, Double Gold Lacytanga and Double Gold Spandex, respectively, only appear in their character bios on the website.
- All Women Are Lustful:
- In addition to Panty, there's Stocking, who gropes a bunch of cheerleaders' breasts, is repeatedly Too Kinky to Torture, and is definitely not averse to spontaneously striking poses for men standing by with cameras. Various conversations over the course of the series indicates that Stocking has almost as active a sex life as Panty.
- Several minor female characters are shown to be randy.
- The D-City Rock lyrics actually include the line "I'm breaking the news now boys, us girls, we're full time horny too."
- Alpha Bitch:
- Queen Barby in "The Turmoil of the Beehive" when Panty and Stocking infiltrate a high school. Unsurprisingly, she's a Ghost, a literal Queen Bee in fact.
- Panty and Stocking themselves count; they're both rich and famous while being more than glad to walk all over almost everyone who worships them.
- Scanty and Kneesocks when they take over the school.
- Amen Break: The Amen Break is sampled in "Beverly Hills Cock".
- And Then John Was a Zombie: No Stocking, you are the demons.
- Animated Shock Comedy:
- The show is all about being a homage of Western adult animation, with copious swearing and very strong sexual references, the main protagonist Panty notably wants to have sex with 1000 men, the main transformation sequence is a striptease, there's an episode on masturbation, and the priest Garterbelt is an Ephebophile, with everything played for comedy. The dubbed version was requested to be significantly more vulgar than the subbed version to the point where it was not allowed on Adult Swim.
- Imaishi even says that they were watching Drawn Together while drunk and wondered why Japan couldn't make stuff like that.
- Animesque: Zigzagged. It's an anime meant to look like an American cartoon in the style of the animesqueThe Powerpuff Girls.
- Anime Catholicism: Garterbelt runs a standard looking church, wears stereotypical priest garments, and in general represents a generic religion.
- Arc Welding: Episode 6, most likely. Episode 12 too.
- Art Shift:
- There are scenes drawn in a normal anime style every so often, most notably the Transformation Sequence.
- So far there's been hard linePowerpuff Girls style (the main art), detailed anime art, stylized anime art, Super-DeformedFlash cartoon, and thick pencil sketching. Sometimes in rapid succession.
- "Vomiting Point" spends almost its entirety in Little Tokyo, which is as depressing as it is realistically animated. Panty and Stocking stand out even more when they arrive to deal with the Ghost of the Week.
- In "The Stripping", there are various moments where the art will turn back into the detailed anime art....just at the moments where the most fanservice opportunities are.
- The monkey lawyer switches to a Fist of the North Star art style in "1 Angry Ghost".
- "If the Angels Wore Swimsuits" features a shift to South Park's art style.
- "Chuck to the Future" played with this a little: the first part is mostly done in Flash animation, the second part is done in CGI, and the third part is done in the series' traditional animation, except with palette mostly limited to black and shades of gray. Furthermore, there's the Rotoscoping in Part 1 as Chuck witnesses Garterbelt's hand picking up his message, and Panty and Stocking walking out of the kitchen.
- During their final attack against the Big Bad at the end of the series, the two girls instantly morph from their usual Powerpuff Girls-inspired appearance to their fanservice-y detailed anime appearance.
- Art-Style Dissonance: This is a tremendously bawdy series à la South Park drawn in a Powerpuff Girls-esque art style.
- As You Know...: Lampshaded by Kneesocks in "The Stripping". She explains to Scanty of their plot to ruin the world economy by sucking up all the people's money through gambling. She then mentions that even though Scanty already knew all this, she loves to hear herself say it out loud.
- Ash Face: Happens to Panty in the beginning Episode 13 when she is struck by lightning.
- The Atoner: The reason Garterbelt is a priest, trying to get Panty and Stocking on the right track.
- Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Panty often sits atop a pile made by all the guys she has just screwed.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "The Diet Syndrome".
- Awesome McCoolname:
- Oscar H. Genius.
- Briefers Rock.
- "Anarchy" is a pretty catchy last name.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
- The ending of "Cat Fight Club" and "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City", where Panty is legitimately worried for her sister. Although, the final episode kinda nullifies it.
- Averted with Panty and Brief when, just after they've finally made love (and it really was implied to be that, rather than just sex), and Panty has a chance to save him, she flinches away from him in disgust because he's in dork mode.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: When they can stop arguing for long enough to notice a Ghost, Panty and Stocking. They clean the house with gusto.
- Badass Adorable: Both girls qualify; Stocking has a slight edge in adorable side while Panty has a slight edge in badass side.
- Badass Crew: They become this, if you count Chuck, Garterbelt, ...and Brief.
- Badass Boast: Panty delivers a rather nice one to Corset in "Bitch Girls".
- Badass Creed: Panty and Stocking's chant, along with Scanty and Kneesocks':
Panty and Stocking: Oh pitiful shadow lost in the darkness. Oh evil spirit born of those drifting between Heaven and Earth. May the thunderous power from the garments of these holy delicate maidens strike down upon you with great vengeance and furious anger, shattering your loathsome impurity and returning you from whence you came. Repent, motherfucker!
Scanty and Kneesocks: Break, oh Earth. Dry up, oh sea. Burn out, oh sun. Grant us power, Earthly leaders and gatekeepers of Hell! Guide us, makers of the underworld! We are high-class Demon Commanders!
Scanty: I'm Scanty!
Kneesocks: And I'm her darling little sister, Kneesocks!
- Balloon Belly:
- Taken to extremes with Stocking in "The Diet Syndrome", where her becoming massively fat is a plot point in the episode.
- Happens to Brief in "Inner Brief", but on a much smaller scale. Thanks to Panty and Stocking shrinking, and then growing inside his stomach, his belly swells up and makes him look heavily pregnant.
- And again in "Nothing to Room", where Panty and Stocking devour an insane amount of delivery food until they end up with exercise ball-sized bellies. They're even the trope's page image!
- Barbie Doll Anatomy:
- Panty in the first Sanitarybox short (Heroine Interview). She strips down from her baseball uniform, to her bra and panties, and finally, her featureless birthday suit.
- Panty in "High School Nudical", though it's only for a split second you could notice. Also averted with her in the same episode, just a few moments before. Though not quite detailed, due to the art style of the show, her nipples are clearly visible. Also in the music video for "D City Rock" at the end of Episode 10.
- Averted with the Sperm Ghosts, each of which have rather prominent testicles.
- Averted in "Inner Brief", where we're briefly shown Brief's penis (which is just drawn as a rectangle).
- Bare Your Midriff: Panty and Scanty's transformation.
- Bath Kick: Panty is shown doing one in the title card for "Catfight Club".
- Bathroom Brawl: In "Les Diaboliques", Panty and Stocking get into an epic battle with Scanty and Kneesocks in the high school bathroom.
- Beach Episode: "If the Angels Wore Swimsuits".
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- Considering that Panty gets covered head-to-toe in poop in the very first episode... yeah, averted.
- In "Les Diaboliques", such contamination is easily removed using a washcloth within seconds, however.
- The more usual fight version of this is averted in "Les Diaboliques". Panty's face is first left with a large red mark in the middle of her face when Scanty punches her, then at the end of the fight her face has a few visible scratches. Panty's panties also leave an apparent burn on Scanty's face.
- Behind a Stick: Panty and Stocking hide behind candlestands while tailing Garter to his bondage chamber.
- Beleaguered Benefactor: Garterbelt constantly gripes how the Angel duo's Destructive Savior tendency to wreck the city to stop the Ghost of the Day causes collateral damage that he has to pay with his earthly cash. This habit eventually means the church they all live in starts falling apart due to Garterbelt not being able to afford repairs and the angels having to take jobs to earn money.
- Berserk Button: It's a very bad idea to eat any Stocking's sweets before she does. Don't call her obese, either.
- Bifurcated Weapon:
- When Panty borrows Stocking's panties in "Les Diaboliques" and it turns into a second pistol, she can somehow combine the two to a submachine gun or a Sniper Rifle.
- Scanty can combine both of her revolvers to form a shotgun. Also, the poster for "Season 2" shows her wielding a chainsaw instead of a type of gun, which may imply that the Angels and Demons' actually wield Morph Weapon(s).
- Stocking can combine her swordshandle-to-handle, spinning the result into a whirling blue disk of death.
- Big Anime Eyes: Though it's a Studio Gainax production, and the series mostly adheres to this, it's pointedly averted in the episode "Vomiting Point." As Garterbelt succinctly describes it: "In this ghetto-shit place [Little Tokyo], ghetto-shit people seek ghetto-shit happiness as they live out their ghetto-shit lives." Reflective of their miserable existence, the people are drawn with tiny, mismatched eyes◊, bordering on gonk.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Panty marches straight up to where Corset and the Daemon sisters are holding Brief despite the fact she's no longer an angel.
- Brief's rescue in Episode 12.
- Big "OMG!":
- Literally, as a written sound effect in "Nothing to Room".
- Garterbelt does this twice in Episode 13, complete with a reverse "Oh my God!" when he gets resurrected.
- Big "WHAT?!": When Panty discovers who her sister wants to date in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City".
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Panty thinks so. Subverted in Episode 12 after her hymen grows back. Brief's shotgun saved the day.
- Bilingual Bonus:
- In "The Turmoil of the Beehive", our protagonists receive 8 (hachi) Heavens. "Hachi" is also the Japanese word for "bee".
- In "Trans-homers", Stocking comments on how the robots' power cores look like marshmallows. Femtron replies that it's their Guimauve, which is French for marshmallow.
- Naturally, the heavy amounts of Gratuitous English flying around is this for the Japanese audience.
- Oten in Oten City directly translates into penis in a fairly obscure Cebuano language.
- Bishounen: Brief(ers Rock).
- Bittersweet Ending: In "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City", Stocking falls in love with a repulsive and jerkass-ish Ghost and is willing to forsake her duties as an angel to be with him. It turns out he loves her too and proposes to her, but the moment she accepts, he ascends to heaven as he was doomed to walk the Earth forever until he could fall in love. Meditate, however, on the fact that Stocking returned to that very same Heaven in "Panty + Brief".
- Bizarrchitecture: Daten City features a lot of it.
- Black Comedy:
- In "Catfight Club";
Stocking: Oh, by the way, I diddled him. I diddled him real hard. And he said I was the best FUCK he had ever had. Way better than you. Not that he should procreate, but I would totally have his abortion.
- In the manga, there's a 9/11 joke where Panty and Stocking can't fly a plane so it hits Corset's mansion. He calls them terrorists in response.
- In "Catfight Club";
- Black-and-Gray Morality: There are definitely evil forces at work, but the protagonists are a pair of crass angels and a crude and lewd priest, respectively.
- Black Comedy Rape: Happens a lot to Brief.
- Bland-Name Product: "YouTobe"; WcDonald's; "20thCherry Cox" and "Prickles" (Pringles) in the Sanitarybox shorts.
- Blinding Bangs: Brief.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: In "Once Upon a Time in Garterbelt", God revives murdered crime boss Garterbelt and sends him out on a mission. However, after Garterbelt's Blasphemous Boast, God zaps him with a lightning bolt that turns his hair into the Funny Afro we all know and love.
- Bondage Is Bad: Played straight by the mayor, averted by Garterbelt and foreshadowed by Stocking.
- Bookends: "Nothing to Room" begins and ends with Panty asking Stocking about some guy she met at a club.
- Bottle Episode: Although there were some episodes before which were obviously produced on a smaller budget than others, Episode 11-B "Nothing to Room" trumps all. The episode only uses one single background image (with some minor modifications to depict different times of day), and the majority of the episode is just Panty and Stocking talking with each other and, eventually, Brief, while waiting for Garterbelt to serve them a meal.
- Bottomless Magazines: Panty and Scanty's guns can be justified by being magical weapons, but the conventional guns they are using in "...of the Dead" don't have this excuse. Especially Garterbelt's; he fires his shotgun much more often than it should have shells loaded.
- Breaking the Fellowship: Panty and Stocking are split up at the beginning of Episode 12-B, with Stocking accepted back into Heaven while Panty remains stuck on Earth. This becomes a major problem when Panty is attacked by Scanty and Kneesocks - she is barely able to hold them off alone, even before her powers begin to fail.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
- Red Riding Hood and the Werewolf ghost in the dub of "Catfight Club" when they explode:
Red: Can you believe-
Wolf: -I did both these voices?!
Both: I'M A BADASS! [explodes]
- In "...of the Dead," a zombie survivor does a typical "I'll draw them away" line. However, Panty doesn't even know he was there. He responds with "I've been here since Scene 19! I even had lines!"
- In the manga, Garterbelt chastises them for talking about protein when they only got eight pages. When Stocking questions this, Panty notes that sometimes the first chapter is shorter.
- Red Riding Hood and the Werewolf ghost in the dub of "Catfight Club" when they explode:
- Breath Weapon: Stocking's kitty plushy Honekoneko can shoot flames from its mouth. It does this to burn up the Demon sisters' deed to the beach (and a good chunk of Scanty's hair in the process) in "If Angels Wore Swimsuits".
- Brick Joke:
- In "The Turmoil of the Beehive", a teacher is preaching abstinence to a class of high schoolers. Then, in "Sex and the Daten City", Panty and Stocking are locating and destroying all the copies of a porno that Panty starred in, and they end up retrieving one of the tapes from that very same teacher.
- In "...of the Dead", one of the locals accuses cops-of-the-day Panty and Stocking of being impostors because there are supposed to be three angels. After the pair go full angel mode, the same woman remarks "They're the real Charlie's Angels!"
- In "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity", Panty solicits Garter's agreement that sex is good for people, and later, Stocking asks him if by "punishment" he means bondage. He responds "What would I get out of that?" In later episodes, he's frequently seen in bondage gear. Although the joke here is that Garterbelt is gay.
- Brief Accent Imitation: Both Panty and Stocking mock Scanty and Kneesocks' penchant for rrrules in "Les Diaboliques".
- BrotherSister Incest: The Daemon sisters briefly engage in this in episode 12.
- Brought Down to Normal: Happens to Panty in Episode 12.
- Brutal Honesty: One of the problems the leaders of Heaven have with Panty and Stocking. While the people of Heaven lie to others to be polite, Panty and Stocking aren't afraid to say exactly what they think.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
- The titular angels are lustful (Panty), gluttonous (Stocking), and highly unmotivated (both). But when the metaphorical (and sometimes literal) poop hits the fan you'll be glad that they're (kind of) on your side.
- Chuck. A brainless, greenlittleButt-Monkey of a dog, lustful to the point of humping anything with a pulse or without, glutton of everything organic and inorganic, and forget motivation - lacking a single meaningful thought whatsoever; his lack of awareness causing his destruction in any number of graphicandhilarious ways - to the point of being run over byand tripping a bicycle from the direction he's facing... until he gets behind the wheel. Then, he becomes a speed demon, highly skilled and utterly fearless. And don't even mention what he turnsinto during the final battle, via unzipping himself and turning himselfinside out.
- Bust-Contrast Duo:
- First seen with the titular protagonists, the Anarchy sisters. Panty has an All Women Are Lustful attitude and is very extroverted but has a perky chest. Her sister Stocking instead, is more reserved and Does Not Like Men, but has a bigger chest than her sister.
- Later seen with their Enemy Mine, Scanty and Kneesocks, having the same personalities between rivals but with inverted bodies: Scanty has a sexy attitude with a Hair-Trigger Temper and has a big bust, and Kneesocks being more reserved than her sister but more slender than her (and even more flat-chested than Panty).
- Poor Brief. He can't get with Panty or prevent himself for getting embarrassed in a plethora of ways.
- Poor Chuck is even more physically abused than Brief; repeatedly the target of hilarious and fatal injuries, to the point of complete corporeal destruction.
- Fastener is revealed to be able to take about as much abuse from the Demon Sisters as Chuck does from the Angels, if not more.
- Panty, of all people, became one in the last episodes, where she ends up getting separated from Stocking and Brief, loses her powers, gets kicked out of her own home and winds up getting straight-up killed by her own sister.
- Buxom Is Better: According to Stocking anyway.
- Byronic Hero: If they didn't need to gather Heaven Coins, the Angels probably wouldn't lift a finger to help anyone.
- Cain and Abel: In the very end.
- Calling Your Attacks: During a beach volleyball game in "If the Angels Wore Swimsuits".
- The Can Kicked Him: In "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity", Giant Brown attacks people while they're sitting on the can. Panty, too, gets dragged down the toilet.
- Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock: In "If Angels Wore Swimsuits", Scanty furiously slams her fist down on a button in the middle of their humvee. Kneesocks shouts out that she just pressed the self-destruct button, and the car blows up. An Ash Faced Kneesocks lampshades it afterward:
Kneesocks: What is the point of that button? Who would CHOOSE to use it?
- Car Chase: Happens in "Death Race 2010" before it turns into a truck chase. It then turns into a train chase.
- Car Fu: "Les Diaboliques" explain how defensive driving works for stuffed dogs.
- Casting Gag:
- Cat Fight:
- Panty and Stocking have one in the aptly named "Catfight Club".
- Panty and Scanty briefly have one in "Les Diaboliques" before returning to a shootout.
- "We bid you adieu!" when the Daemon sisters make their getaway.
- "Repent, MOTHERFUCKER!"
- Censor Box:
- Used in "The Runny" to cover Panty's naughty bits from the audience as she dangles from a Ghost's tentacle protuberance.
- Used a few times, mostly in "Bitch Girls" during the Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere scene.
- Changing Yourself For Love: After passing a good part of the series with a Does Not Like Men attitude, Stocking finally dropped all of that when she felt in love with an ugly devil that was also The Pig-Pen and had little to no interest on her. Stocking not just abandoned her cold attitude, she went like a highschooler in love, and in a date, even she went enterely of pink instead of black (but still in gothic lolita fashion), trying to impress him.
- The Chew Toy: Chuck, so much so that he's page image.
- Circumcision Angst: Panty rags on Brief for being uncircumcised, although she changes her tune when she gets a peek at his shotgun.
- Clingy Aquatic Life: In "If the Angels Wore Swimsuits", the protagonists fall into the ocean naked and emerge covered with starfish and molluscs. It is implied that the sensation is a fetish for Panty.
- Clip Show: "D.C. Confidential", the first half of Episode 12, although it serves a plot purpose.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: At the beginning of "Les Diaboliques", there is a little Ghost who causes Panty and Stocking a lot of trouble by virtue of being agile and evasive before escaping. Then the Daemon sisters transform this Ghost into a giant, monstrous abomination, which is promptly killed in one shot by Panty and Stocking.
- Clothing Damage:
- The intro has a brief shot of Panty and Stocking doing the Power Walk in tattered clothing. Their brawl in "Catfight Club" also makes their outfits suffer.
- Scanty and Kneesocks are particularly damaged at the end of "1 Angry Ghost".
- Towards the end of the volleyball duel in "If Angels Wore Swimsuits".
- Cluster F-Bomb: The English dub tries its hardest to put Black Lagoon to shame. Hell, it puts South Park to shame with all the profanity the dub throws in:
- According to Jamie Marchi, Panty's English voice actress, all swearing was part of the Japanese directors' request to make the series as raunchy and vulgar as legally possible. Their reason? So the English dub can help teach the Japanese directors new swears and slang terms. For example, at the end of "The Turmoil of the Beehive", Panty asks who's face she's going to "rocking chair" first.
- Panty says "Fuck" and variations there-of no less than 282 times over the course of the series. This includes two half-episodes where she barely even appears ("DC Confidential" and "Chuck to the Future"). Combined with the other characters in the show, the F-bomb total is somewhere around 360.
- In the Japanese version, the girls (and Garterbelt) say profanities of all variations, especially "fuck".
- Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In Episode 13, Panty lost her angelic status and regained her virginity as a side effect. Suddenly she notices lots of people making out in cars, then cats and dogs doing it, then a vortex of said animals and people having (censored) sex.
- Comedic Sociopathy: One of the main points of the entire series is how everything is mainly played for laughs and just nobody gives a fuck about it all.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- In "Sex and the Daten City," Panty is concerned that her porn performance was bad. But that's not the point. The point is that the porn scandal could ruin the film project.
- There's also this:
Panty: I'm not jumping into a shithole!
Ghost: Come on, don't be a bum, it's actually fun.
Panty: WHAT'S FUN ABOUT SLIDING DOWN A TOILET!?
Stocking: Just close your eyes and throw yourself into it. Pretend that it's watersports, you'll be fine.
Panty: This is different!
Brief: Yeah, we don't have a jet ski or anything.
- Contemptible Cover:
- Continuity Nod:
- Happens in "Les Diaboliques", when a Ghost jumps into the toilet:
Panty: That's one place we don't wanna go.
Stocking: Speaking from experience, aren't we?
Panty: Shut it.
- Another one occurs when one of the villains calls Stocking obese, leading her to declare angrily that it was "episodes ago".
- A subtle one, perhaps: in "Panty + Brief", there is a line chart detailing Panty and Stocking's productivity on killing Ghosts. Before their increase in activity as stated in the episode, there is a notable dip in the chart, possibly as a result of the lack of Ghosts seen in the previous two episodes.
- "Once Upon a Time in Garterbelt" features a brief cameo of two Ghosts from the pre-release tie-in manga: the octopus-like Ghost who was stealing all the good lays from Panty, and the Giant Spider Ghost.
- Happens in "Les Diaboliques", when a Ghost jumps into the toilet:
- Contractual Immortality:
- invoked Played with. More like contractual immunity. As per Word of God, the reason why Stocking never gets fat and Panty isn't riddled with every sexual disease known to man and then some, is because they are Angels. While on Earth, they are pretty much immune to anything that would alter their bodies such as food, aging, or illness. They have good reason to collect Heaven Coins and get back up into Heaven though, because they will eventually turn into regular humans if they were to stay down there too long, at which point their immunity no longer applies.
- Played straight with Garterbelt. He can be killed, but will eventually come back to life until God himself decides that his mission on Earth has finally been completed.
- Cool Car: The Anarchy sisters' pink open top Hummer ("See-Through"), and the Demon sisters' G-Wagen limousine (aptly named "G-String"). Both vehicles even manage to duke it out with each other in "Les Diaboliques".
- Country Matters: Employed infrequently throughout parts of the series. "1 Angry Ghost" in particular counts as a Cluster "C" Bomb thanks to Tom Croose/Kneesocks.
- Covered in Kisses: Panty does this to a ton of guys at her film's release party while having sex with all of them at the same time at the end of "Sex and the Daten City".
- Cranial Eruption: After walking offscreen to confront Garterbelt about the food situation in "Nothing to Room", Stocking walks back into the scene sporting a knot that is equally the size of her head.
- Crapsack World: Subverted with Daten City. With all the Ghosts attacking the city being lead by Noble Demons and the not-so-heroic Angels protecting the city causing just as much destruction, it's clear that it's not a very good place to live. Most of the civilians don't seem to be that bothered by it, though.
- Crazy Enough to Work:
- Panty believes she and Stocking can get back into Heaven by walking up a pole into space. Considering that the Big Bad tries someting similar, her plan might've worked... Maybe.
- The Big Bad thinks he can use a giant penis-shaped Ghost to get into heaven.
- Come the season finale, where the Big Bad actually almost makes it into heaven, in this show it's heavenly implied that heaven is a Fluffy Cloud Heaven in the skies. Or at least the clouds act as a portal to heaven.
- Credits Gag: About 20 seconds in the opening credits, the letters PSG appear with a set of undergarments: panties, stockings and a garterbelt. Furthermore, at the end of the opening credits, the main characters drive over the series' title.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: The shape of Daten High.
- Cultural Cross-Reference: All over the place naturally.
- Cute Little Fangs: The Daemon sisters occasionally have a snaggled fang sticking out just to emphasize that they're not good, but they turn cute whenever either of them are happy. For example, "...of the Dead" has Scanty sporting four fangs throughout almost the entire episode because she's completely elated that their plan is working so wonderfully.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Oscar H. Genius.
- Darkest Hour: The end of "Panty + Brief" - Stocking has ascended to Heaven, Panty has lost her powers and Corset has abducted Brief for the MacGuffin in his, er, possession.
- A Date with Rosie Palms:
- "Pulp Addiction" involves a tissue shortage that is disastrous due to this. Though Panty has no shortage of real dates, the same episode revealed that she can lick herself off.
- Brief at the end of "Sex and the Daten City," when he watches Panty's sextape, which was uploaded by Stocking.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- "Chuck to the Future", which takes place during "Pulp Addiction".
- In "Once Upon a Time in Garterbelt", a glimpse of Garterbelt's past is revealed.
- "Vomiting Point" centers around the ridiculously miserable life of Salaryman Terao. The main duo only show up in person near the end.
- Dark Parody: The show is very vulgar and a lot of the jokes are to cross as many lines as possible while referencing a lot of western media which include high school movies, Transformers, Ghostbusters (1984), MTV songs, Saving Private Ryan, Romeo and Juliet and The Powerpuff Girls.
- Defeat Equals Explosion:
- Every Ghost defeated by Panty and Stocking. When this happens, it cuts to a cheesy live-action model of the Ghost being blown up with pyrotechnics. This becomes a plot point in "1 Angry Ghost" when Panty and Stocking are on trial for murdering a ghost named Mr. Husband Petter. Their monkey defense attorney points out that the victim didn't explode as he would have if he had been killed by the Anarchy sisters, and that the marks on the body give away the real murderer as Mrs. Petter.
- In episode 13, Garterbelt and Corset explode the same way when killed, with Garterbelt even un-exploding when he is brought back to life, complete with a reversed Death Cry Echo.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The beginning of "Pulp Addiction".
- Denser and Wackier: Compared to other Gainax series, this takes the cake for being the most wacky.
- Deranged Animation: The character designers worked on Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Dead Leaves. That is all you need to know.
- Destructive Saviour: Panty and Stocking, constantly.
- Deus ex Machina: Pretty much literally in the 13th episode, where Corset appears to be defeated by the High Heel of God:
- Deus Sex Machina: In "Panty + Brief", Panty mysteriously regains her virginity, resulting in losing her angel powers. Only by losing her virginity again, next episode, is she able to get her powers back.
- Devil in Plain Sight: No one could tell that the sisters with the red skin, horns, and devil tails were demons? Even when they refer to themselves as the Daemon sisters?
- Diet Episode: "The Diet Syndrome", for Stocking.
- Dissonant Serenity: The ending credits consist of the girls being subjected to various forms of death, such as being sawn in half, running in front of a train, dying of dehydration in the desert and getting eaten by vultures, being buried alive, committing hari kiri (with Chuck's assistance), among other methods - all while keeping a smile on their faces. The ending theme itself is also fairly calm and serene.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Girls? Maybe you shouldn't be wearing such tight-fitting uniforms while guiding around traffic...
- Dogged Nice Guy: Brief. For several episodes anyway.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- Scanty and Kneesocks get a very interesting scene in "D.C. Confidential" involving goat milk. And it's all silhouettes, which really doesn't help matters.
- The art style of the soundtrack cover — especially the butterflies — recall the packaging for Glamorous Butterfly, a popular brand of condoms amongst the hip and young in Japan.
- "Pulp Addiction" is a long chain of visual and verbal puns. This gets so explicit that the "hill" the marines are invaded has to be Censored.
- Don't Explain the Joke: In the English dub of "Death Race 2010", Fast-But-Not-So-Furious is more talkative than in the Japanese version and repeatedly does the "and by that I mean..." type of explanation when he makes sexual innuendo. He even explains his usage of the term "pig" to refer to police officers. Stocking turns it around on him when it looks like he's finished, explaining Panty's "Ah, life in the fast lane; just makes you finish quicker" joke by saying "That means you're dead."
- Double Entendre:
- About 80% of Panty's dialogue is this. Nearly all of the rest is single entendre...
- In the first episode, Garterbelt described his chili as "good black shit".
- Panty and Oscar's mutual nose picking in "The Runny".
- Garterbelt singing: "My frankfurter is big and black, My frankfurter is the tastiest in the world..." In the English dub, this is replaced by Garterbelt saying: "My wieners are all getting cold, where everyone at?"
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: When not met with apathy, Brief usually winds up at the receiving end of Panty and Stocking's violent behavior. This is zigzagged a bit in that it's well-established that Panty and Stocking are antisocial good people and Brief isn't, so we're probably meant to sympathize with him rather than laughing at them.
- Double Weapon: Stockings combines her two swords into one weapon in "Les Diaboliques".
- Drop the Washtub: A part of Panty'sHumiliation Conga.
- Dual Wielding:
- When the action gets really intense, Stocking takes off her second stocking to get a second katana. She can also spare a pair of her own panties so Panty can dual wield as well. Panty first does this in "Les Diaboliques", though Stocking has been dual wielding since the second episode.
- Scanty and Kneesocks dual wield by default. Scanty wears two pairs of panties and Kneesocks removes both of her kneesocks so they can dual wield immediately.
- Dustbin School: In "Les Diaboliques", the Daemon sisters become an Absurdly Powerful Student Council, and they soon demote Panty to the deepest sub-sub-basement classroom, about where a septic tank would be. There, Panty wallows in misery among geeks, loonies and morons while a derelict zombie struggles to teach ... something.
- Dynamic Entry: Usually Brief is on the receiving end.
- Eagleland: Daten City embodies Type 2 Eagleland...and is next to "Little Tokyo", with a color-shifted American flag featuring Blue and White stripes, and a field bearing the Japanese Rising Sun. Probably as a nod to the show being a Western Animation-style show made in Japan.
- Eat the Evidence: Panty has Chuck eat all the copies of her porno.
- Eldritch Abomination: The ultimate Ghost locked beneath the city's Hellsgate is a gigantic sea anemone/penis with gigantic tentacles at its base and head and caustic semen.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: The traffic reporter in the English dub of "Death Race 2010":
"Its an awarming case of woad wage!"
- Embodiment of Vice: The fallen angels Panty and Stocking represent the sins of Lust and Gluttony, respectively.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Which seems to happen in the end of "Panty + Brief".
- The Ending Changes Everything: Stocking turns out to have been a demon all along and cuts Panty to bits, and Corset spontaneously comes back to life and sends all the remaining characters on a journey to collect all her pieces.
- Episode of the Dead: The episode "... of the Dead" is about Panty and Stocking as Fair Cops going for a new Monster of the Week, which in this case converts all the population of Daten City into zombies, and with the only weapons they can find are... adult toys.
- Episode Title Card: Done in the style of American cartoons, complete with who worked on the episode.
- Erotic Eating:
- By Stocking in "High School Nudical".
- The Daemon sisters participate in this together in "D.C. Confidential", but it's also subverted: after the mayor walks in on them, they're shown covered in massive amounts of cream.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite trying to destroy the human race, the Daemon sisters frequently come off as being more morally upright than the Anarchy sisters. Case in point, they are shocked that Panty would let Brief die if it meant she and Stocking would be able to kill both of them. Scanty, in particular, is appalled that they wouldn't even bother to learn his name despite it all.
- Even the Girls Want Her:
- Stocking in "High School Nudical".
- Panty in "The Runny".
- Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Of course. Well, it takes a while for Brief.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: The angels' defense attorney in "1 Angry Ghost".
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Apparently, Zombies > Angels, Demons, Ghosts. Who knew?
- Evil Counterpart:
- The Daemon sisters are the polar opposites of the Anarchy sisters in every way with similar powers. While Panty and Stocking are foul-mouthed chaotic angels, Scanty and Kneesocks are complete sticklers for rules and order. They even have a Team Pet named Fastener and their own evil black stretch SUV to complement Chuck and See Through, respectively. Fastener and Chuck also serve as the spare drivers of the team vehicles.
- The mayor appears to be the evil counterpart of Garterbelt.
- Evil, Inc.: The Daemon sisters purchased their Zombie Elixer from Publisher's Cursing House.
- Evil Is Hammy:
- In the English dub of "Death Race 2010", Fast But Not-So-Furious, the speed ghost, chews the scenery as much as he tears up the highway.
- The Daemon sisters, especially when they start talking about the Rrrrrurus.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Scanty and Kneesocks' Transformation Sequence is accompanied by a song with stereotypical deep-voiced female club vocals, whereas the vocals on Panty and Stocking's transformation theme are much higher-pitched.
- Exploitation Film: Combines this with Grossout Show. There's some nudity and sex with lots of swearing all for the sake of Black Comedy and parodying American adult animation. Special mention goes to the dub in particular, which had as much swearing as they could possibly fit in at the request of the original Japanese producers.
- Expressive Accessory: The stickers on the back of Brief's Proton Pack changes expressions and colors to reflect his mood. In "The Turmoil of the Beehive", it even changes mid-scene. When Brief gets blown up, his pack changes from a smiley face into an X to show that Brief is out of commission.
- Chuck is one of Gir. Jhonen Vasquez has noticed:
Vasquez: It's sort of like my own version of the Mr. Sparkle episode of The Simpsons.
- In "Death Race 2010", the demon bears more than a passing resemblance to Carnage. It has red-tinted black skin, a jagged mouth, takes over multiple hosts, and is Ax-Crazy.
- In "High School Nudical", Secret Speed Star bears a striking resemblance to The Flash.
- Panty and Stocking are amazingly similar to the Flash versions of Kei and Yuri.
- Ren & Stimpy have apparently died at some point, as they have two ghost representatives in "1 Angry Ghost". Possibly an Inspiration Nod, as the animation style, pace, and scatological humor appears to have been influenced by their cartoon.
- The monkey lawyer in "1 Angry Ghost", once his brain gets electrified, turns into Phoenix Wright.
- Tom Croose, the persecutor Kneesocks is wearing a disguise, looks quite similar to Frank T.J. Mackey from Magnolia.
- Brief could totally be Lee Kanker's little brother.
- That girl with the whip from "... of the Dead" bears a very strong resemblance to Marie Mjolnir.
- Stocking has a striking resemblance to Bernkastel◊ from Umineko: When They Cry.
- Although, as most people have pointed out, she looks exactly like how a human version of Twilight Sparkle would look like. The same could be said for Panty, who looks a lot like Apple Jack.
- Chuck is one of Gir. Jhonen Vasquez has noticed:
- Face Fault: Fat Stocking tries to kill the ghost that fattened her up in the first place, only to find out that her stocking is limp and all stretched out. Stocking thinks it must have shrunk in the wash, leading Panty to do a sliding face fault as she steps in to take care of the ghost herself.
- FaceHeel Turn: Stocking, who was actually a demon.
- Fan Disservice: invokedRule of Sexy is Rule of Funny's bitch. And so you don't forget that, have some Squick.
- Fanservice: This series is so full of it, it would take days to list all the moments. But, for a single character, Panty definitely takes the crown of Ms. Fanservice.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Panty and Stocking, after being slipped shrinking drugs by the Daemon sisters and getting fed up with Brief's weird tea parties in "Inner Brief", jump down his throat and stab and shoot him from inside for their amusement.
- Five Rounds Rapid:
- The strategy of the police in "Death Race 2010". Despite the amount of dakka they are employing, it's ineffective.
- Panty tries this on the mass-produced Ghosts in "Les Diaboliques" with much more efficiency.
- Flipping the Table: Stocking's reaction to the Daemon sisters calling her fat. This even takes Panty by surprise:
"WHO THE HELL ARE YOU CALLING FLESHY?!!! I GAVE UP FAT LIKE 10 GHOSTS AGO!!!"
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While both sisters are self-centered in a major way, Stocking does tend to take ghost hunting more seriously then Panty does.
- Foreign Cuss Word: All over the place. It's to the point that citing every single example would probably produce a list as long as this page:
- Foreshadowing: There are actually some clues that Stocking is actually a demon:
- Her passion for bondage which, as we know, is bad.
- In "The Runny" saying how they should just use Panty's boogers, since it was already proven to work and there was no guarantee hers would.
- She turns into the Megatron expy in "Trans-homers".
- During the GorillazArt Shift in the music video clip in Episode 10, she impersonates Murdoc, who is a Satanist.
- During one of their sister fights, she explains how clean and proper her room is compared to Panty's. The Daemon sisters' most well-known characteristic is that they enjoy rules and order.
- On a different topic: Panty being very impressed by the gun she can make of Brief's undies may foreshadow that how she is not only perfectly fine with actually having sex with him, but also with "his gun being very big".
- If Stocking truly is a demon, then that would explain why she got kicked out of heaven...
- Garterbelt's first lines...
Garterbelt: Daten City, a town flinging to the threshold between heaven and hell. With a piece of its human inhabitants, it's regularly threatened by foul-tempered, evil spirits. A faded darkness lodged in the cracks of troubled souls will have struck this town today, unnoticed. However, there are some who wield a light beyond all human understanding, and ascend their stools of righteousness to eradicate those shadows bound by the bowels of Hell. But who could it be given the two that are eliminating this darkness? Are they servants of God, or minions of the devil?
- The twin towers as seen in Daten City? They're in the shape of stockings.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- In "Death Race 2010", the train station that the ghost crashes into after getting defeated in truck form is called PENI STATION.
- If you're diligent enough, you spot nearly everyformer Gainax protagonist in the backgrounds of "The Turmoil of the Beehive".
- There are so, so, so many bonuses whenever civilians are shown. There are too many examples to list them all. For example, this random background character◊ is something you likely would never had caught on unless you were to pause the episode and accidentally take note of it.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Panty (sanguine), Stocking (melancholic), Garterbelt (choleric), Brief (phlegmatic).
- From a Single Cell: Chuck does this on a semi-regular basis.
- From Bad to Worse: Episode12.
- G-Rated Sex:
- Gag Haircut/Traumatic Haircut: Stocking gets something in between in the Sanitarybox segment "The Bad Hairdresser's Wife". It starts with a bit of gum in her hair from Panty...
- Gag Penis: Brief. Panty getting her hymen regenerated may have something to do with it.
- Gag Series: Big time.
- Gainax Ending: If the final battle doesn't leave you yelling "What?!" in confusion, The Stinger will.
- Gass Hole: The Ghost in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City" is one. Stocking seems to find it a turn-on.
- Giant Enemy Crab: "If the Angels Wore Swimsuits" gives us a giant enemy crab ghost.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: How Corset is defeated.
- Giving Up the Ghost: Chuck's soul is hanging from his mouth as he dies from the insufferable heat in a sauna when Stocking goes on a diet in "The Diet Syndrome".
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: When Panty and Stocking aren't fighting ghosts, they are mostly fighting with each other.
- Glove Snap: Garterbelt does this in "Inner Brief":
"Don't move or this is gonna hurt. [snap] Actually, this is gonna hurt either way."
- Godiva Hair:
- The female students and Panty in "High School Nudical".
- This is used on the soundtrack cover.
- This is used in "Help! We are Angels".
- God Is Good: Always points in the right direction, giving clues via pieces of paper.
- Good Is Not Nice: One of the numerous reasons why the Daemon sisters find the Anarchy sisters so repulsive is because they show no regard for the safety of others, not even bothering to learn Brief's name when they threatened to kill him.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: The Daemon sisters, in stark contrast to the Anarchy sisters, only ever swear once, and that's when the Mayor has transformed into his One-Winged Angel form and is busy literally creating Hell on Earth.
- Goth: Stocking, the younger of the Anarchy sisters, is a pink and violet-haired gothic girl.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All:
- The Heaven coins.
- If the ending is to be believed, the overarching plot of the second season will be gathering the 666 pieces of Panty.
- Gratuitous English: Not just the profanities:
- The ending song is sung entirely in English.
- The background English jokes (like Peni Station) are abundant too.
- The original Newtype article announcing the anime features a paragraph of pretty weird English that was also apparently slapdashily edited:
To be direct with you, the disaster that attaDATENcks-CITY is PANTY & STOCKING!
- Scanty, Kneesocks, and Corset would imply that spouting gratuitous English is a hallmark of being a demon.
- "If Angels Wore Swimsuits" has "CHARCH".
- "Bitch Girls" has "EREKUCHION".
- At the very end, when Stocking cuts through Panty with her sword, the sound effect is "SLIEC".
- Gratuitous French: "CHOCOLAT" features some lines sung in French.
- Gretzky Has the Ball: In a beach volleyball game against the Daemon sisters, the Anarchy sisters win 21-20. In beach volleyball, the winning team is the first to score 21 with a 2-point lead.
- Grossout Show:
- "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity" has our heroes fighting a poop ghost.
- In "Pulp Addiction", semen is all over the place.
- "The Runny" has nose picking and a ghost made entirely from vomit.
- Growling Gut:
- Panty's stomach can be heard groaning from gastrointestinal distress in "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity" while she's on the toilet, and taking a nasty dump.
- Both Panty and Stocking's empty bellies roar for food in "Nothing to Room", which is followed by them ordering a ridiculous amount of takeout and stuffing themselves silly.
- Gunpoint Banter: Panty and Scanty at one point in "Les Diaboliques".
- Guns Akimbo: Panty and Scanty do it in "Les Diaboliques".
- Gun Kata: Once again, Panty and Scanty in "Les Diaboliques".
- Happy Dance: Chuck is seen doing one in "Nothing to Room" before chowing down into a massive plate of food. Earlier, a demon does what it calls "The Happy Freedom Dance" when it thinks it's gotten away from Panty and Stocking by siding the with Demon Sisters.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Brief in "Panty + Brief".
- HeelFace Turn: Considering the looks on their faces at the end of "Bitch Girls: 2 Bitch", possibly Scanty and Kneesocks, to fight against the now-evil Stocking and Corset.
- Hero Insurance: Although whatever policy they have (apparently with Garterbelt Insurance Co.) isn't total coverage - "The Stripping" briefly mentions that the destruction they cause to the city is one of the reasons for their debt (although their consumption of luxury goods is stated as the main reason).
- Heroic BSoD: Out of all characters you wouldn't expect to get one, Panty gets hit hard in "Panty + Brief" after not only being rejected from heaven, but losing all her powers, her halo, regaining her virginity and having her love interest kidnapped right in front of her without being able to do anything about it.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: A significant portion of the humor comes from the main characters constantly proving themselves to be terrible people.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in "...of the Dead", when a Zombie Infectee takes too long requesting that his life story be novelized (Farewell: The Final Journey of the Soul of My Heart), with nothing more than three pages of notes. He turns into a zombie right after he kicks down the door to leave, allowing the horde to run into the building and infect most of the people inside.
- Hidden Track: Present in the OST confirming the existence of a second season.
- Hitchhiker's Leg: In the D-City Rock music video, there's a segment where the girls get stranded in the desert and are unable to hitch a ride - until they strip down to nothing but signs that say "Go to D-City".
- Hollywood Acid: Hell's Monkey spews semen that melts the surrounding city.
- Horns of Villainy: Sported by Scanty and Kneesocks since they're the demonic Evil Counterparts to Panty and Stocking.
- Hot-Blooded: Panty, Garterbelt, and Fast-But-Not-So-Furious in "Death Race 2010".
- Human Resources: Sanitarybox's "Brothers of the Round Head". Watch at your own risk.
- Humiliation Conga: "Panty + Brief" and the beginning of "Bitch Girls" is one huge conga for Panty.
- Hurricane of Puns: The dub opens the series with one - Garterbelt makes a flurry of poop puns.
- Hypocritical Humor: Stocking calls Scanty and Kneesocks perverted women (hentai onna). Crunchyroll translated the line as "bondage-loving skanks". Ironically, she enjoys bondage.
- I Ate WHAT?!: Stocking eating what she thinks are nougat cakes in "The Runny". They are really oversized boogers.
- I Call It "Vera": Panty's gun "Backlace", Stocking's sword "Stripe", and the car named "See-Through".
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Brief is lovestricken with Panty. In spite of this, he invites her to a party so she can get her final tally.
- I Was Quite a Looker:
- Garterbelt when he was younger.
- Granny in "Bitch Girls".
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Stocking's reaction to the Sperm Ghosts.
- Ignored Enemy: Briefly in "Catfight Club", where the Ghost tries to attack but the ball he uses as a weapon is repeatedly knocked away by a bickering Panty and Stocking as they argue.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Used in the background tracks "Pantscada" and "Juice", both courtesy of Panty. Can also be heard in almost every episode that Panty has sex in.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Both Stocking and Kneesocks are able to pull off incredible feats of destruction with their swords and scythes.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: "Trans-homers" only happened because Stocking (and then Panty) decided to eat the hearts of the totally-not-Optimus-and-Megatron that conveniently crashed into the church. Strangely, their usual Transformation Sequence is all that it takes to change back.
- Improvised Weapon: In "...of the Dead", Stocking impales a zombified cat with a vibrator.
- In the Name of the Moon:
- In another first, the speech is recited while performing a pole dance:
O wicked spirit born of a lost soul in limbo; receive judgment from the garb of the Holy Virgin; cleansed of worldly impurities; return to Heaven and Earth. Repent, MOTHERFUCKERS!
- Subverted in "Trans-homers" when they completely screw up the chant and just start screaming instead.
- Scantyand Kneesocks have their own version:
Break, o earth; dry up, o sea; burn out, o sun; grant us power earthly leaders and gatekeepers of Hell. Guide us, makers of the Underworld! We are High-class demon commanders! I'm Scanty! And I'm her darling little sister, Kneesocks!
- In another first, the speech is recited while performing a pole dance:
- Incest Subtext: Scanty and Kneesocks' Erotic Eating in "D.C. Confidential".
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: invoked It's clear that the demon sisters are much more popular with the public than the angels. Then again, the angels frequently destroy the chunks of the city and all their money likely comes out of the citizens' pockets.
- Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Invoked by Stocking in retaliation to Panty, who deleted all her scenes in Sex and the Daten City. She uploads Panty's porno online, which eventually leads to Brief jacking off to it.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: Aside from the series' title, there's also the songs "Technodildo", "Beverly Hills Cock" and "Dance Floor Orgy", and the subtitles to the "Cherry Corrida" drama tracks on The Worst Album.
- The two angels' primary character flaws are two of the Seven Deadly Sins; Lust and Gluttony.
- Scanty and Kneesocks are much more orderly than the two chaotic angels.
- It Only Works Once: Corset's panic implies this to be the case with Brief's orgasm unlocking the Hellsgate, but it's probably not so if Corset expects Brief to open Oten City's gate next season.
- Both girls are usually complete dicks to just about everyone they meet. This is marginally averted, however, in the sense that Panty has shown instances where she really does care about her sister ("Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City" and the end of "Catfight Club" come to mind) and has occasionally stuck up for her.
- The Ghost that Stocking falls in love with in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City" treats her like crap. By the end of the episode, though, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Juggling Loaded Guns: In "High School Nudical", Panty's gun stops working, so she turns it around, peers into the barrel, and pulls the trigger several times.
- Lampshade Hanging: In "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity":
Police Chief: What? You mean the ho bag covered in shit? And the goth with the stupidly long hair?
- Laughing Mad: Stocking in "The Diet Syndrome".
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The Prosecutor from "1 Angry Ghost" is only slightly wilder than the real "Tom Croose" in "Magnolia".
- Le Film Artistique: "Chuck to the Future, Part 3".
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- Before their Transformation Sequence in front of the camera in "1 Angry Ghost":
Stocking: Can they show this on TV?
- In "Vomiting Point," Terao actually hears "Fly Away Now" playing when Panty and Stocking arrive.
- In "Les Diaboliques", when Panty and Stocking challenge Scanty and Kneesocks for control of the school, a giant "vs." appears between the two, which Kneesocks promptly throws away.
- At the end of "Les Diaboliques", while on the roof of the school, Stocking deflects a group of bullets from Scanty's gun. The scene then cuts to a slow-motion effect of all the bullets bouncing off the floor and back to Scanty and Kneesocks' weapons. All except one, that is, which deflects upward and bounces literally off the top of the screen back down to the two demons.
- Before their Transformation Sequence in front of the camera in "1 Angry Ghost":
- Leave the Camera Running: The episode "Nothing to Room" is essentially a continuous 13 minute shot of Panty and Stocking watching TV and talking while waiting for Garterbelt to finish cooking lunch. There is only one camera move, and a couple of variants on the Whip Pan to show the passage of time.
- Left the Background Music On: In "Vomiting Point", the angels' transformation leitmotif starts playing before they actually arrive and Terao looks around in confusion as if he can hear it.
- Lemony Narrator: The narrator in "Trans-homers":
"I'm sorry, what show am I narrating again?"
"OH NO SHE DI'INT!"
"...Who wrote this shit?"
- Limited Animation: "If Angels Wore Swimsuits" has the same strangely low quality animation compared to the rest of the series.note It's a part of Hiroyuki Imaishi's signature animation style. He's use similar animation quality for comical purposes in Kill la Kill and Space Patrol Luluco.
- Limited Wardrobe:
- Subverted. Although the opening, promotional materials, and the first mini-episode all portray Panty and Stocking with the same outfits, the girls actually wear different clothes in each mini-episode. They also occasionally re-wearing outfits from previous episodes, including their original outfits.
- Played straight by Scanty and Kneesocks who, when not at the beach or in disguise, always wear their dress uniforms.
- Little Useless Gun: "High School Nudical" has Panty needing to borrow other people's underwear to summon a weapon after the ghost steals her own. All the boys in the entire school have tiny dicks, resulting in tiny, useless guns. She's rewarded with a shotgun when she grabs Brief's as a last resort...
- Long Song, Short Scene: Several. This is particularly notable in the case of the three Power Up Theme Music tracks:
- "Fly Away" is much longer than the show ever uses it for and actually does have lyrics besides "Fly away now!"
- The mix of "Theme for Scanty & Knee Socks" on the OST is different from the show's; the show's cut used actual (or well-sampled, anyway) pipe organ, whereas the OST cut uses a synthesized instrument that sounds like a clarinet, if anything. Sure, it's not bad by any means, but it's a bit of a waste. The "take it down and turn it up!" lyric also shows up in different places and at different speeds on either cut. The TV cut appears on the bonus soundtrack included with the special edition of volume 4, though, so it's all good.
- "Corset Theme" plays for about 20 seconds in Episode 13, directly before the girls' Theme Music Power-Up. The full song goes for a full 4:35, has short vocals, and is really catchy.
- Lost in Translation:
- A minor example: Episode 7-A is officially titled "Transwhorers", but the dub titled it as "Trans-homers," losing some of the verbal wordplay since it doesn't quite rhyme with "Transformers," although the original joke makes sense in either language.
- In the subbed version, there's a quick gag directly translated with no context—Panty burps after eating clam chowder, and Stocking teases her by saying it smells like squid. In Japan, it's commonly held that semen smells like squid.
- Love at First Sight: While it's usually lustat first sight for Panty with the sole exception of Brief, Stocking falls in love with a ugly (in appearance and behavior and personality initially) Ghost in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City". May also be a case of Freaky Is Cool on Stocking's part.
- Love Martyr: Stocking in regards to a repugnant, ugly, broke, smelly, freeloading, constantly farting Ghostnote you know, those things they're supposed to kill in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City". She even ditches her usual black and blue Elegant Gothic Lolita look for a pink-overload version and plans to run away with him.
- Lovely Angels: Quite literally. Obviously tipping their
hatshalos to the original pair.
- Macho Camp: Garterbelt. Examples include:
- He organized an underwear-run in "High School Nudical" just for the sake of looking at young men's junk.
- In "Trans-homers", a (male) robot is seen running away from some kind of portable bathroom, and then Garterbelt comes out while he is adjusting his pants.
- He is shown masturbating to magazines of muscular men.
- It turns out that he following a mission from God to find a MacGuffin that happened to be someone's dick.
- Macross Missile Massacre: With bees and police cars.
- Made of Bologna: The stinger has Panty cut into 666 pieces by Stocking's katana. Each piece seems to be made of pink bologna.
- Made of Iron: Everyone. Chuck is the most noticeable example.
- Made of Plasticine: Chuck gets smashed to bits a lot. However, he always gets better.
- Magical Girl: The series plays like a cracked-out parody of Magical Girl shows.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: The entire series is this due to the premise.
- Man Behind the Man: Corset, the mayor of Daten City.
- The Man in the Moon: It has a face and sneezes.
- Mandatory Twist Ending: This is a Gainax series.
- Marshmallow Hell: This happens to the jocks picking on Brief in "High School Nudical" after being hit by Panty and Stocking's car. Complete with Angelic Chorus sound effect.
- Meaningful Name: invoked
- Their given names aside, Panty and Stocking's surname is Anarchy. Taking into account how much mess they're making in the city, and that their main antagonists are the RRRUUURRRUUU-obsessed Scanty and Kneesocks, it's quite accurate.
- Considering the clothing theme, Anarchy when written as "anaaki" is phonetically close to "anaaki", which means "perforated", "drilled", "pierced", or "hollow".
- Daten City, which sits on the border between heaven and hell, puns on "datenshi", which means "fallen angel".
- Medium Awareness:
- When Stocking and Chuck drive off to fight ghosts in "Catfight Club", Chuck is saying his name so much that the screen fills up with numerous "Chuk" Written Sound Effects on screen. Stocking gathers them up in one swipe and shoves them back down Chuck's throat, which he then swallows.
- When the Anarchy and Daemon sisters tried to start a fight, Kneesocks grabs the VS splash screen and throws it away.
- Medium Blending:
- When the Monster of the Week goes kaboom, the resulting explosion is an obvious live-action model being blown up, in the style of Kaiju/Tokusatsu.
- The Wave-Motion Gun Panty and Stocking fire in the finale summons their mother, a gigantic live-action woman in white lacy lingerie.
- Meganekko: Kneesocks. This is most noticeable during her and Scanty's transformation sequence when the Art Shift takes place.
- Microwave the Dog: A swarm of flies force Chuck into a microwave in "Chuck to the Future". Chuck's indestructibility reforms him after the resultant explosion.
- Mind Screw: "Chuck to the Future, Part 3" is presumably a parody of arthouse films, because it's in grayscale, starts off making no sense, and just keeps getting more confusing.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Often their outfit of choice. For Panty, it's basically a necessity because she has to be able to slip off her underwear in the heat of battle (Magic Skirt and Scenery Censor then apply).
- Mirror Match: Despite being polar opposites in terms of personality, Panty and Stocking vs. Scanty and Kneesocks becomes this. Panty even borrows Stocking's panties in order to dual wield like Scanty.
- Mirror Routine: Fastener plays this on Chuck in "Chuck to the Future".
- Modesty Bedsheet: Quite frequently with Panty.
- The Mole: At the last possible second, it's revealed that Stocking is actually a demon.
- Monster of the Week: Though somewhat more outlandish than usual.
- Mood Whiplash:
- "The Vomiting Point". Works with the Art Shift.
- "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City" is far more tragic than you're initially led to believe.
- In "Panty + Brief", a romantic moment between Panty and Brief is finally shown and they decide to make love. Sadly, the moment is spoiled due to the discovery that Panty can no longer have sex due to her regaining her hymen and, somehow, her virginity.
- More Dakka:
- The Daten City Police Department figured more guns would beget more chance of bringing down the speed demon.
- Panty and Scanty in "Les Diaboliques". Destroying a lot of toilets in the process.
- Multiboobage: The Ghost in "The Diet Syndrome".
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- Using nose picking as a metaphor for sex.
- Angels vs. Demons in a match of volleyball in "If The Angels Wore Swimsuits". It eventually escalates to the point where both sides are forced to use their powers.
- Sperm fertilizing an egg has a lot in common with D-Day.
- Mundane Utility: "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City" features Stocking using Stripes to cut crust off a sandwich. And then to abuse Chuck some more.
- Murphy's Law: This kicks into high gear for Panty in Episode 12. Panty's active sex life ends up preventing her from being accepted back into heaven (while Stocking is accepted for her efforts). Panty is required to do the Heaven-coin collecting all over again, and without having sex to boot. When Scanty and Kneesocks appear at the party, Panty's gun fails on her, leaving her defenseless, and when she tries escaping with Brief, See-Through eventually fails on her as well. Oh, it gets worse. In the cliffhanger, it's suggested that Panty loses her powers entirely. In short, Panty is, in a figurative sense, fucked.
- Musical Spoiler: The OST revealed Corset's real name about a couple of weeks before the show did.
- My Friends and Zoidberg!: In the second episode, Garterbelt addresses the pair as "Ladies and Panty".
Tropes N to Z
- Name and Name: This is featured in the title.
- Negative Continuity: Everyone dies or becomes zombified in "...of the Dead". This is completely disregarded by the second half of the episode. It's inconsistently applied elsewhere.
- Nemesis Weapon: Panty disposes of demons with pristine white bullets fired from her divine handgun. Her Evil Counterpart Scanty's firearms discharge matte black bullets. As seen in the episode "Les Diaboliques," the diametric projectiles seek each other out mid-flight, resulting in mutual annihilation. Similarly, Stocking's twin katanas can slice through anything, including an entire tractor-trailer, but are blunted against Kneesock's twin scythes.
- New Job Episode: "The Stripping" forces Panty and Stocking through different part time jobs.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- Night of the Living Mooks: The episode "...of the Dead".
- Nipple and Dimed: The cake ghost. She has nipple eyes too.
- No-Dialogue Episode: The "Chuck to the Future" trilogy, other than replaying some of Garterbelt's lines from the point where things branch off, contains no dialogue (beyond Chuck and Fastener's Pokémon Speak). The demon-girl-brain thingy says, "Well, this is awkward..." and that's it.
- No-Tell Motel: It's blatantly labeled as such on the sign.
- Noblewoman's Laugh:
- In the Beach Episode, Panty and Stocking do a variation, though it's less "Yo ho ho ho ho ho!" and more "Pu pu pu pu pu".
- Stocking does a crazed variation in "The Diet Syndrome" to indicate that dieting is driving her batshit insane. Monica Rial very intentionally pulls off Renge's infamous laugh for this scene in the dub.
- Pulled by Scanty and Kneesocks, who start sounding like howling baboons in short order.
- Nobody Poops: Subverted as several characters are seen going to bathroom:
- Panty is clearly seen taking a dump in "Excretion without Honor and Humanity" and the episode's Ghost is a conglomerate of feces that sucks people down toilets.
- Stocking is seen on the toilet in "The Turmoil of the Beehive".
- In "Les Diaboliques," Panty and Stocking have a whole conversation while both are sitting on the toilet in neighboring stalls.
- In "Trans-homers", Panty deliberately spends ages on the toilet to spite Stocking, who desperately needs to go. What makes this even more bizarre is that both are in their robot forms at the time.
- In "Inner Brief", Garterbelt makes Brief chug an entire bottle of laxative.
- Non-Indicative Title:
- Noodle Incident: It isn't revealed what "that little incident" was the last time Garterbelt and Corset met before the series began, though it did seem to leave some kind of huge yellow cross-shaped scar on both of their chests, which mirror each other's.
- Used in "The Runny" to propel a blimp into the moon. It's a long story.
- Brief gets one now and then, most noticeably when finds out that Panty's ear is an erogenous zone. Considering the series being very ecchi, it is used very rarely though.
- Not Really a Birth Scene: It features Brief passing a miniature Panty and Stocking through his digestive system. Garterbelt decides to treat the process as if it were a birth, stirrups and all.
- Not So Above It All: In "The Runny", Panty manages to get a nosebleed out of Garterbelt, of all people.
- Nuclear Candle: In "Once Upon a Time in Garterbelt", Stocking activates one of these by striking a match against Panty's cheek. It instantly illuminates the trap-filled catacomb that they were traveling through. It eventually burns out and the room goes back to pitch darkness, just as they were about to face the final guardian of Garterbelt's secrets.
- Number of the Beast:
- In "Panty + Brief", when Panty explains she has planned to have sex with 1000 men before returning to heaven, a band that shows numbers from 001 to 1000 is bent at 666.
- In "...of the Dead", the roadsign to the zombie-infested city the trio are going to reads at the bottom: "Pop(ulation): 666".
- The number of pieces there are of Panty after Episode 13.
- Off-Model: Done deliberately. This is another page taken from the book of Kricfalusi influence.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Garterbelt's battle with zombie Panty and Stocking isn't shown.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Used in Scanty and Kneesocks' themes.
- One-Winged Angel: In the last episode, Chuck turns into a giant hellhound and Fastener turns into a two-headed dragon. Corset also fuses with the Hellsmonkey.
- Only Good People May Pass: Heaven is shown as this. In fact, both titular angels were kicked out of there because of their deadly sins (including Lust and Gluttony) and now they have to gain their re-entrance with "Heaven Coins", getting them by destroying Ghosts in Earth and saving people in the process.
- Opposites Attract: In "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City", Stocking has a romance with a very gross and ugly ghost.
- Order vs. Chaos: invoked In this case, the underlying theme to the Anarchy sisters versus the Daemon sisters. The demons, Scanty and Kneesocks, are huge sticklers for propriety, orderly behavior and following the rules, even though they are also evil demons out to foster ghosts all over Daten City, giving them a very strong Lawful Evil vibe. The angels, Panty and Stocking, in comparison, are selfish, anarchistic, unpredictable, perverse, hedonistic and casually violent, to the point where it's a recurring gag that the Daemon sisters are aghast at or horrified by their behavior, which goes well beyond Chaotic Good and into Chaotic Neutral. A comparatively rare case where the Chaos side is the heroic side. In theory, anyway.
- Our Angels Are Different: Panty and Stocking are very crude, lustful, and destructive.
- Our Demons Are Different: Scanty and Kneesocks are the very opposite of Panty and Stocking.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: The ghosts takes on all shapes and forms and they explode when they are killed by Panty and Stocking.
- Panty Shot:
- Literally as Panty's capable of turning her panties into a gun. As a result, it took seven whole episodes for the her to play this straight, finally doing so in "... of the Dead".
- Queen Barby.
- Scanty subverts this twice in "Les Diaboliques". It's later played straight in "Panty + Brief" and "Bitch Girls: 2 Bitch".
- Panty Thief: Super Speedo Star from "High School Nudical" steals and eats panties.
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
- Master G is definitely not Garterbelt. No siree.
- Any similarities you see between Kneesocks and the mustachioed red roulette dealer are entirely coincidental:
"You're face is quite red..."
- Parallel Porn Titles: Considering the nature ofthis series, most of the episode names count as both.
- Performance Video: "Help! We are Angels".
- Phenotype Stereotype: Garterbelt. Not only is he portrayed with large lips and a Funny Afro, but during the opening credits, when X-rays reveal the brains and skeletons of the rest of the cast, his X-ray comes up entirely black. His Death Glare that freaks Chuck out also makes him look very much like a Scary Black Man.
- Phlebotinum Breakdown: Notable examples are See-Through running out of gas just when Panty needs to drive away at the most important time and Stocking's swords breaking while trying to slice through Super Speedo Star.
- Pizza Boy Special Delivery: In "Excretion Without Honor and Humanity", Panty and Stocking come across a woman flirting with a plumber, and after mistaking the latter for a ghost, Panty, being the Lovable Sex Maniac she is, decides to have sex with him.
- Playboy Bunny: Panty and Stocking dress as this at one point of "The Stripping". Then, after the two switch into more formal clothes to enter the casino, Brief ends up wearing Panty's bunny costume. And never takes it off.
- Plot Coupon: Collect all the Heaven Coins a boss drops and complain how little it is each time.
- Police Are Useless:
- Subverted in "Death Race 2010" where they manage to subdue a demon via ramming it with dozens of police cruisers.
- They send so much against that Ghost that it looks like they can easily deal with any normal crime throughout the city. They only have trouble against Ghosts and even then they're capable of taking it down by throwing everything they have at it.
- Pokémon Speak: Chuck and Fastener, though the latter very rarely actually says his full name.
- Polar Opposite Twins
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English: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Synonyms: PanSto, PSG
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2010 to Dec 25, 2010
Producers:Kadokawa Shoten, Half H.P Studio, AT-X, Kadokawa Pictures Japan, KlockWorx, flying DOG, Kadokawa Contents Gate
Genres:ActionAction, ComedyComedy, SupernaturalSupernatural, EcchiEcchi
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
1 indicates a weighted score.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Japanese anime television series
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Imprint||Kadokawa Comics Ace|
|Original run||August 4, 2010 – June 4, 2011|
|Directed by||Hiroyuki Imaishi|
|Written by||Geek Fleet|
|Original network||BS Nittele, TVK, TVQ, Chiba TV, Sun TV, GBS, Tokyo MX, MTV, TV Saitama, AT-X, NND|
|Original run||October 1, 2010 – December 24, 2010|
|Episodes||13 (26 segments) + 1 special (List of episodes)|
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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (Japanese: パンティ＆ストッキングwithガーターベルト, Hepburn: Panti ando Sutokkingu wizu Gātāberuto) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Gainax, as well as a series of tie-in media developed around it. The series ran from October to December 2010 on BS Nittele (a free-to-air satellite service of Nippon Television). In English-speaking areas, the series has been licensed by Funimation for distribution in North America, and Manga Entertainment for the United Kingdom.
The show revolves around the exploits of the Anarchy sisters, Panty and Stocking, angels who were kicked out of Heaven due to their bad behavior. They are sent to Daten City—a pun on the Japanese word datenshi (堕天使, lit. "fallen angel")—a place on the border between Heaven and Hell, which is besieged by evil spirits referred to as "Ghosts". The sisters take refuge under the care of the reverend Garterbelt; under his watchful eyes, the sisters are tasked with using their ability to transform their lingerie into weapons, and using them to destroy malicious Ghosts. By doing so, the sisters earn "Heaven Coins" with which they intend to one day buy their way back into Heaven. However, Panty and Stocking are constantly sidetracked by their respective interests in men and sugary sweets.
Following the broadcast of Imaishi's previous project, Gurren Lagann, the show's staff went on a trip for rest and relaxation. At that time, they aired their opinions to each other under drunken and humorous circumstances, saying such things as "Next time, I want to try this" in approaches to animation. Almost all of the concepts for the anime were made during the initial trip; the names of main characters, "Panty" and "Stocking", were coined at the very first meeting. Hiromi Wakabayashi, who provided the initial idea for the series, cited American adult animation, such as Drawn Together, as inspiration for the show's crudeness.
- Panty (パンティ, Panti)
- Voiced by: Arisa Ogasawara (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
- Panty is a blonde-haired pale-skinned angel whose only interests are looking for men to sleep with and basking in the popularity of being an Anarchy sister. She does not take her Ghost-hunting duties as seriously as her sister Stocking, instead preferring to fulfill her personal goal of having sex with 1,000 men on Earth before returning to Heaven. She has the ability to transform her underwear into a pistol called Backlace (バックレース, Bakkurēsu). She occasionally wields a second Backlace using Stocking's underwear, doubling her firepower and allowing her to combine them into more advanced firearms such as a submachine gun or sniper rifle. She can weaponize male underwear, though the weapon's size and usefulness depends on the size of the original wearer's penis.
- Stocking (ストッキング, Sutokkingu)
- Voiced by: Mariya Ise (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- Stocking is a pink-and-violet-haired goth angel with pale skin and a gluttonous appetite for sugary foods. While she doesn't have the same level of interest in sex as her sister, she does show sexual urges and interests and is generally more interested in masochistic activities, such as bondage and electrocution. Her stockings transform into a pair of katanas called Stripe I (ストライプI, Sutoraipu Wan) and Stripe II (ストライプII, Sutoraipu Tsū). She owns a stuffed cat doll called Honekoneko (ホネコネコ, lit. "Bone Kitten"), which changes its facial expressions in accordance to Stocking's mood.
- Garterbelt (ガーターベルト, Gātāberuto)
- Voiced by: Kōji Ishii (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat (English)
- The reverend of Daten City. He is the Anarchy sisters' guardian. Garterbelt is a large black man with a massive afro. He relays missions from Heaven to Panty and Stocking, practices bondage, and displays interest in young males, particularly Brief, and uses a masked alias called "Master G" to disguise himself while undertaking such hobbies. He is cursed with immortality and forbidden from dying until he fulfills his given task.
- Chuck (チャック, Chakku)
- Voiced by: Takashi Nakamura (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
- Panty and Stocking's sidekick, a greendog-like creature, actually a restrained Bull Ghost, with zippers on his body, who closely resembles the character GIR from Invader Zim. Chuck is subject to mortal injuries. He can only be immobilized by opening the zippers on his head and releasing his brain, a 2-inch tall male demon who is romantically involved with Fastener's brain. He is used by Heaven as a mailbox of sorts, getting struck by lightning and spitting out a piece of paper containing a clue to a Ghost's whereabouts.
- Brief (ブリーフ, Burīfu)
- Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Joel McDonald (English)
- A self-proclaimed ghost hunter with an interest in science fiction and the supernatural, for which he is nicknamed "Geekboy" by Panty and Stocking. Brief tries acting as the voice of reason for the Anarchy sisters but instead becomes the butt of many jokes in the series. His true identity is Briefers Rock (ブリーファス・ロック, Burīfasu Rokku), the handsome son of head of the Rock Foundation, a large corporation in Daten City. He is the blood kin of Hell's Monkey, whose penis becomes the key to the gates of Hell.
- Ghosts (ゴースト, Gōsuto)
- The monsters of the week in the series, Ghosts are twisted aberrations born from the regrets or suffering of people who have died and become lost in limbo. Panty and Stocking are tasked with their destruction, which allows them to pass on to Heaven, leaving behind Heaven Coins. Although most Ghosts are savage or destructive, some are relatively harmless annoyances or even oppose their true nature and try to live peacefully. Ghosts are usually slain with angelic weapons, but there are other means of destroying them, such as Ghosts killing each other or peacefully accomplishing what they wanted to achieve in life. As a recurring joke, whenever Panty and Stocking defeat a Ghost with their angelic weapons, a paper-mache model of the Ghost is filmed being blown-up.
- Scanty (スキャンティ, Sukyanti)
- Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu (Japanese); Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
- The older of the Demon sisters, Corset's minion and Panty's arch rival, who oversee the creation of Ghosts in Daten City while acting as the mayor's daughter in public. Scanty is a demon with red skin and green hair and with her sister Kneesocks comes up with schemes to kill or otherwise humiliate the Anarchy sisters. Scanty wears two pairs of underwear that transform into revolvers called Double Gold Lacytanga (ダブル・ゴールド・レーシータンガ, Daburu Gōrudo Rēshītanga), which she can combine into a shotgun.
- Kneesocks (ニーソックス, Nīsokkusu)
- Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)
- The younger of the Demon sisters, Corset's minion and Stocking's arch rival. Kneesocks is a red-skinned demon dressed similarly to her sister but wears glasses and has blue hair worn in a ponytail. Unlike her sister, Kneesocks only has a single horn, on her forehead. She wears two kneesocks that transform into a pair of scythes called Double Gold Spandex (ダブル・ゴールド・スパンデックス, Daburu Gōrudo Supandekkusu).
- Fastener (ファスナー, Fasunā)
- Voiced by: Miki Makiguchi (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)
- Scanty and Kneesocks' sidekick, and Chuck's rival. Fastener is a pink rodent-like creature with zippers covering his body. He can only be immobilized by opening the zipper on his head and releasing his brain, a 2-inch tall female demon who is romantically involved with Chuck's brain. He can turn himself inside-out into a Hydra Ghost.
- Corset (コルセット, Korusetto)
- Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese); Chris Ayres (English)
- The mayor of Daten City, the superior of Scanty and Kneesocks. Corset is a pale blue-skinned demon with a conical hairstyle who wears various types of BDSM equipment such as buckles, mouth-stretching hooks, and a corset that he frequently tightens to enhance his upper body strength.
Main article: List of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt episodes
The television series was animated by Gainax and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. The series' animation is done in a distinct style resembling and paying homage to American cartoons, along with the Yoshinori Kanada techniques normally associated with Hiroyuki Imaishi's work. The series has many sexual themes in every episode. The theme of the anime is "vulgar and indecent jokes", with Imaishi saying, "If we are going to do this, we will try it thoroughly."
The series ran from October 1 to December 24, 2010 on BS Nittele, a free-to-air satellite service of Nippon Television. It was also shown on AT-X seven days after the premiere of each episode, and made available online on Nico Nico Channel (a service of Niconico) through the series's own channel a day after AT-X broadcast. On terrestrial television, it was syndicated in eight markets, including a few JAITS members like Tokyo MX, and TVQ, a TXN affiliate in Kyushu. Internationally, the series was made available online on Crunchyroll.
The series was released in six DVD and BD volumes respectively over the course of six months, with the first DVD/BD volume released on December 24, 2010, followed by succeeding volumes near the end of each following month. The fifth volume, released on April 28, 2011, includes a disc-exclusive episode (OVA) compiling eight short stories, some of which are sequels/conclusions to earlier episodes of the series.
On April 14, 2011, North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced their license to the series, which was released on DVD on July 10, 2012. The Blu-ray was released January 15, 2013. The English dub is directed by Colleen Clinkenbeard, with John Burgmeier acting as head writer and Jamie Marchi, Leah Clark, and Jared Hedges serving as episode writers. The first two episodes were made available for streaming on May 22, 2012 for those subscribed to Funimation's Elite Video Subscription service.
Manga Entertainment released the series in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2012, although upon release, faults were discovered on some of the episodes. A corrected version was released on September 10, 2012.
On November 25, 2016, the official Twitter account for Gainax West posted an announcement teaser image featuring silhouettes of Panty and Stocking with the words "Comming [sic] Soon". An announcement for "something new with Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt" was to be made on December 16, 2016, which Gainax West stated would not be a pachinko, pachislot, social network game or Blu-ray. On December 16, 2016, various Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt projects were announced.
A manga adaptation of the series by Tagro was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine between August 2010 and June 2011. The series was compiled in a single tankōbon volume, released in Japan on June 4, 2011, and was published in English by Dark Horse Comics on May 28, 2015. Another manga illustrated by Hiroyuki Imaishi was serialised in NewType before moving to Monthly Anime Style magazine. Some strips were included in the Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Datencity Paparazzi art book, released on June 4, 2011, but the series has not been published in tankōbon format.
The series' musical score is by TCY Force produced by Taku Takahashi (of M-Flo). The opening theme is "Theme for Panty & Stocking", performed by Hoshina Anniversary. The ending theme is "Fallen Angel", performed by Mitsunori Ikeda and featuring Aimee B. The original soundtrack was released on December 29, 2010. A hidden track is on the CD. The special edition of the volume 4 BD/DVD includes a bonus CD containing television edits of certain songs from the official soundtrack, as well as previously unreleased songs.
|1.||"Theme for Panty & Stocking"||Hoshina Anniversary||Hoshina Anniversary||0:32|
|2.||"Immoral Church"||TeddyLoid, Taku Takahashi||TeddyLoid, Takahashi||0:27|
|5.||"Beverly Hills Cock"||Takahashi||TCY FORCE||1:25|
|6.||"Pantscada"||TeddyLoid, Takahashi||TCY FORCE||1:59|
|8.||"D City Rock"||TeddyLoid, LISA||TeddyLoid feat. Debra Zeer||4:32|
|10.||"EPTM (Booty Bronx Remix)"||Hoshina Anniversary||Hoshina Anniversary feat. Kodai of KinKieS||4:16|
|12.||"Technodildo"||Hoshina Anniversary||Hoshina Anniversary||4:30|
|13.||"CHOCOLAT"||Emyli & Takahashi||TCY FORCE feat. Mariya Ise||4:06|
|14.||"Theme for Scanty & Kneesocks"||TeddyLoid||TeddyLoid||4:13|
|15.||"Schranz Chase"||Booty Bronx||Booty Bronx||5:23|
|16.||"Tenga Step"||TCY FORCE||TCY FORCE||2:52|
|17.||"See-Through"||Hoshina Anniversary||Hoshina Anniversary||4:47|
|19.||"Champion"||Emyli, Takahashi||TCY FORCE feat. Emyli||4:51|
|20.||"Fallen Angel" (includes hidden track)||LISA and Mitsunori Ikeda||Mitsunori Ikeda feat. Aimee B||15:55|
A second album, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt THE WORST ALBUM, was released on 20 July 2011 and features 24 tracks, including remixes of previous songs from the original anime soundtrack, some new songs, as well as "Cherry Corrida" drama tracks.
|1.||"Milky Way"||TeddyLoid||TeddyLoid feat. Mariya Ise||4:45|
|2.||"Cherry Corrida I ~cocks gone: the death of a bitch~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Koji Seko||TeddyLoid||1:13|
|3.||"D City Rock (TeddyLoid Live Remix)"||TeddyLoid||TeddyLoid feat. Debra Zeer||6:02|
|4.||"Cherry Corrida II ~a case of Garterbelt's loss~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||1:06|
|5.||"Fly Away (Taku & TeddyLoid For the Club Edit)" (Mixed by Mitsunori Ikeda, remix and additional production by Taku Takahashi and TeddyLoid)||TeddyLoid||TeddyLoid||5:14|
|6.||"S-Trip" (Mixed by Mitsunori Ikeda)||Takahashi & TeddyLoid||TCY FORCE||2:01|
|7.||"Cherry Corrida III ~a case of Brief's loss~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||0:43|
|9.||"Cherry Corrida IV ~dry bitch and wet goth girl~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||2:07|
|10.||"Beverly Hills Cock Part.2" (Mixed by Ikeda)||Takahashi & TeddyLoid||TCY FORCE||1:59|
|11.||"Theme For Panty & Stocking (Hoshina Anniversary Remix)"||TeddyLoid||Hoshina Anniversary||4:52|
|12.||"Cherry Corrida V ~Dmitri Fullchinkov the cock chopper~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||1:08|
|13.||"Jumping Mole (Nerdcore Switch)"||Booty Bronx, Ikeda & TeddyLoid||Booty Bronx, Ikeda & TeddyLoid||2:58|
|14.||"Cherry Corrida VI ~the advent of angels?~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||0:59|
|15.||"Cherryboy Riot Part.2"||TeddyLoid||TeddyLoid||4:24|
|16.||"Cherry Corrida VII ~black, huge, solid and stinky~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||0:56|
|18.||"CHOCOLAT (TeddyLoid Remix)"||TeddyLoid||TCY FORCE feat. Mariya Ise||5:30|
|19.||"Cherry Corrida VIII ~When You Wish upon a Hole~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||0:41|
|20.||"Fly Away (El Poco Maro Dubstep Remix)" (Mixed by Mitsunori Ikeda)||TeddyLoid||TeddyLoid||3:22|
|21.||"Cherry Corrida IX ~cock chopper blues or cock fucker rhapsody~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||2:37|
|22.||"Champion (TeddyLoid Remix)"||TeddyLoid||TCY FORCE feat. Emyli||5:02|
|23.||"Cherry Corrida X ~cocks back: the resurrection of a bitch~" (Script by Koji Seko, directed by Yoshikazu Iwanami)||Seko||TeddyLoid||1:13|
|24.||"Fallen Angel (El Poco Maro Drum'n'Bass Remix)"||TeddyLoid||Ikeda feat. Aimee B||6:00|
Panty & Stocking received a polarized reaction from critics. Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network found the show to be "unremittingly revolting" and "generally not funny". Anime News Network's individual episode reviews were equally critical, accusing the series more than once of having a style-over-substance approach and generally flawed, tasteless and needlessly disturbing comedy in spite of its impressive production values. Reviewer Gia Manry found the visuals and sounds to be overwhelming and the writing substandard, ending in a 1 out of 5 score. Critic Jacob Chapman considered the show to be a "mess" with a "poisonous air hanging around [it]" and thoroughly unpleasant to sit through.
However, David Brothers of Comics Alliance claims that the series feels like the result of an unholy union between The Ren & Stimpy Show and Dirty Pair. He recommends it, saying "it's raunchy, gross, a whole lot of fun" and that "the mix of disparate influences and material makes it a refreshingly funny anime, and dumb in a way where you can clearly see the hand of smart, experienced animators at work behind the scenes." Mike LeChevallier of Japanator says that "where plot structure is hit or miss, the pure stylization, soundtrack and memorable characters make this a series one worth watching from start to finish."
In 2019, Polygon named Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt as one of the best anime of the 2010s, stating that it "delivered raunchy, stupid humor in a great animation style", and Crunchyroll listed it in their "Top 100 best anime of the 2010s".IGN also listed Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt among the best anime series of the 2010s, describing it as "an irreverent, entertaining joy-ride with dozens of tributes to western cartoons and a bangin’ soundtrack".
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"I do not understand how I can ever be related to you."
-Stocking to Panty
Stocking Anarchy (アナーキー・ストッキング Anākī Sutokkingu, transliterated as "Anarchy Stocking") is the titular co-protagonist of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Stocking is the youngest of the Anarchy sisters. Her name is derived from the object she is able to weaponize.
Stocking physically appears as about 17 years old (though she is about 1700 years old), which can be deduced from the fact that physically she is at least one year younger than Panty. Because of this she can still attend high school, most likely as a second year student. She has pale skin and a typical ”Hime Cut” hairstyle. Her hair is long and navy on the outside while pink on the inside, and is tied with a bow (dark blue in human form, light blue in angel form). Stocking insists that everything she eats goes to her breasts, which hasn't been confirmed to be true. However, her chest is shown to be bigger than Panty's. Her eyes are cyan.
Stocking has gothic lolita clothing. Her stockings in this form are blue with grey stripes. She wears them with a black dress and black slippers. The dress has white frills, a white stripe at the bottom, its waist is tied with a dark blue bow, and there is a white collar tied with a dark blue bow, complete with white sleeves at the ends.
Stocking has a lolita, but not gothic outfit. Her stockings in this form are white with light blue stripes. She wears silver open-toed heels with straps, a loose white dress with a gray stripe at the bottom, and with white bows with light blue hearts on the sides. She also has a a silver corset with a white-gray bust and a light blue heart on the front. Accessorises are a silver choker with white frills, silver bracelets on both arms as well as two silver bracelets on each wrist, and white one finger gloves that reach her arms.
Personality and Interests
Stocking is a levelheaded and intelligent girl, though she can be rude if provoked, especially towards her older sister, Panty.
She does not share Panty's obsession with sex, even though she does display some masochistic tendencies, such as bondage and electrocution. This is ironic since she constantly insults the demon sisters and Corset, by calling them 'BDSM loving freaks'. Instead, Stocking claims she has very special standards in men, and would rather be with someone she truly loves than simply for sex. She strings men along (not wanting them to believe she is 'easy'), and would never cheat on someone she truly loves. However, she has been shown to have a very strange and twisted vision of what attractive is, but she also seems to judge people by what's on the inside instead of out.
She hates spicy food, just as much as Panty hates sweet food. Stocking is sometimes overshadowed by Panty when in larger audiences, like in "Sex and the Daten City" and "1 Angry Ghost". She is almost always seen carrying around a plush cat, Honekoneko ("Bone Kitten"), whose expressions often match Stocking's mood. She loves Honekoneko dearly and won't let anyone touch him.
It has been shown in Les Diaboliques that while she is smarter than Panty and has more common sense, she is not very intelligent as she was easily overwhelmed by the big sophisticated words used by Scanty and Kneesocks.
To prepare for battle, Stocking removes her stockings, to which she can transform into a pair of katanas, known as Stripes I & II, which can be attached at the base of the hilt. It's safe to assume she can form other blades as well, considering the range of weaponry at Panty's disposal. Stripes I & II are able to hurt any spiritual being, such as angels, demons and ghosts.
Stocking displays a supernatural proficiency with her katanas. This includes the ability to spin the blades fast enough to effortlessly deflect bullets, the ability to send out razor-sharp slicing waves by swinging her weapons, and the ability to spin like a top with her swords extended to damage everyone around her. It has been stated by Garterbelt that, contrarily to her sister, she emphasizes skill over power.
Mysteriously, her plushie Honekoneko has once been seen breathing fire.
In "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City", Stocking, while helping Panty find new men to sleep with, saw the ghost hitting on a few girls, and immediately went to talk to him. He was rude to her, stank, and was generally a very unpleasant person. However, Stocking fell completely in love with him, and even told Panty that she felt like she had been born for the sole purpose of meeting him. That afternoon, Stocking prepared several sandwiches to him. He told Stocking that they tasted like crap though, but Stocking didn't seem to care, accepting and even liking most of his flaws.
They dated many times after that; going to a theme park and skating. Several media started criticizing Stocking for dating a ghost, and Panty, after reading a headline about her sister and her ghost boyfriend, finally decided to talk to Stocking. However, Stocking didn't listen to her, but her insecurities of being an angel finally arose. That night, she confessed to him she was an angel, and that one of her duties was to dispose of ghosts. She also told him she was willing to forsake her duties as an angel, in order to be with him. Stocking then decided to leave the church.
After seeing her sister leave, Panty tried killing the ghost off, but Stocking stopped her, telling her she couldn't understand her feelings, for she had never fallen in love before. Panty told Stocking that the ghost didn't love her back, but the ghost told her she was mistaken, and proceeded to propose to Stocking with a ring. However, before Stocking could accept, the ghost started glowing, and eventually dissappeared. Garterbelt explained the ghost had been purified, for falling in love with Stocking. .
The song "CHOCOLAT", sung by Mariya Ise, is meant to represent their relationship.
Throughout the series, Stocking either eats or mentions wanting to eat a variety of sweets, including:
Stocking during transformation.
Stocking during transformation.
Stocking pole dancing.
Stocking concept design.
Stocking final design.
Stocking angel form sketch.
Stocking's Gainax Profile
Stocking transforms her stocking that she took off
Stocking saying she is "actually a demon"
Stocking's form in the Season 2 doujin
stocking's possible demon form
Stocking's Image Gallery
- Stocking's appearance and theme may be based off of Marie, from Marie & Gali; in which Marie is also a girl who enjoys food, has a plushie animal and wears gothic lolita styled clothing.
- In "Catfight Club", Stocking admitted to sleeping with one of Panty's partners (the gym rat), confirming that she is not a virgin herself.
- Stocking has always worn a corset even in her angel form, which just happens to be the name of the demon sisters' boss.
- Stocking's weapons, Stripes I & II, still had a blue/white color scheme at the end of "Bitch Girls: 2 Bitch". This may indicate that she's possibly still an angel, due to the weapons of the Demon Sisters, Scanty and Kneesocks, having a yellow/black color scheme.
- In the last episode of the show, she cuts Panty into 666 pieces and stares she is a demon, it is very likely a gag, but that is often debated about due to it being continued in the comic “Geek Boy Homecoming”. However, if she is in fact a demon, she is the only demon with normal colored skin. A notable reason Stocking would deserve to be considered a demon may be payback for slicing Panty into 666 pieces at the end of "Bitch Girls: 2 Bitch."
- Her cat toy, Honekoneko, is used as a flamethrower, as seen in "If the Angels Wore Swimsuits".
- She is also considered to be the most popular character in the whole series.
Stripes I & II
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